An imaginary festival for Glasgow
Posted: 5 July 2016
From 16 June – 17 July, a series of 20 billboards are scattered across the city of Glasgow. On each of those billboards is a description of an imagined performance created by a different artist, some of them from the city, others who know it because they have performed there many times. They were asked only to create an imagined performance for Glasgow. The rest was up to them.
There are theatre shows, live gigs, and guided tours. There are demolitions. There are dancers. There is Tilda Swinton and David Bowie. There is sex talk and lullabies. There are school children in military re-enactments. There are jet packs. And there is one brief moment when the whole of the city is completely still and utterly silent.
This project forms part of a period of research led by former Arches director Jackie Wylie, for which people from across the city and beyond are considering how the particular experimental, open-hearted energy of The Arches might be re-imagined, in a new organisation, for 2016 and onwards, following the venue’s closure last year. A festival map guides people through the streets of Glasgow to each poster location, allowing them to move across the city imagining all the different ways these performances would animate it.
Quarantine’s Richard Gregory and Michael Brady, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, have collaborated to create instructions for an imagined performance about seeing ourselves in relation to others. A small constellation is an invitation to form a temporary group which moves through the city, together and not together…
“Maybe don’t let anybody else know that you’re walking together, you and the others you’re with, the others who read this. Kind of disappear into the crowd. Melt into the city. But keep an eye on each other. Stay in contact somehow. Don’t lose sight. Look out for each other. Stay silent… Maybe.”