In 2013, Gordon Douglas was involved in our annual Glasgow School of Art fourth year exhibition and produced a live performance accross the swimming pool and auditorium. Since graduating, Gordon has continued to work with Platform leading to conversations around partnership working, the way multiple organizations occupy and use the building and the connections with people who use the building.
Habits of the Co-existent (1) was an occupation of the Recording Suite on the evening of March 17th 2017. The event comprised of series of performances generating a live soundtrack connecting the rehearsal rooms and studios. The live element of the event was constructed over a day-intensive in the studio with the aim of experimenting with the limitations and opportunities that the space provides: rehearsal, sound, architecture and intimacy. Habits of the Co-existent (1) formed an initial part of the group’s working dialogue together and drew upon differing and exploratory attitudes towards collaboration, performance, and presence.
Accompanying the event was the live print-to-order of the first project-book with contributions from Seán Elder & Tako Taal, Kati Kärki and Collette Rayner. Project-Book (1) is concerned with anti-social and non-normative working practices that enact internal criticism and uncompromising resistance within organisational performance.
Habits of the Coexistent is a curatorial-residential dialogue between: Gordon Douglas; The NewBridge Project, Newcastle; Edinburgh College, Granton Campus; and Platform, Glasgow. The project focuses on the performativity, values and ideologies that we inherit and rehearse through shared working environments and partnerships. What kinds of habits endure post-collaboration, and how might they be indicative of a continuous and socially-performed modes of governance?
With many thanks to The City of Edinburgh Council, ContemporaryArtETC…, Creative Scotland, Clyde Gateway, Edinburgh Visual Art Award, GlasgowLife, HMOProjects, The Introduction to Performance group, The NewBridge Project, Platform and Practice Makes Practice.