Polytechnic of Central London...... Duncan of Jordanstone for Masters
Program / Degree
Photography then Electronic Imaging
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Digital, Event, Installation, Photography, Printmaking, Video
Photographer video maker and interactive tinkerer.
Also head of a postgraduate programme in Media Arts in Scotland.
About my artwork
I make artworks which explore entropic Modernism: the New Town, the military airfield, the film archive and the memory of progress. Final results vary from websites to handmade books, lawn drawings to 'expanded cinema' events.
I'm interested in combining elements of site-specific practice with digital technologies.
Often collaborating with Dan Norton (ablab.org), the works investigate and play with different eras of discovery and propaganda. We work together on projects that blend archive, contemporary, and absurdist visions of technology and entropy.
Gair Dunlop: recent projects
'Century 21 Calling' was a commission from the Wellcome Trust.
Newspaper archives, scientific biography, and film from the 1964 Worlds Fair in Seattle were brought together in the Reading Room of the Wellcome Trust library. A limited edition flickbook was produced, and given away free.
'Vulcan' was a lawn drawing; a full-size rendition of a Vulcan nuclear bomber etched into the surface of a lawn at a country house in Norfolk. Fading over a period of months, and counterpointed by the constant roar of military jets in the area, it played with memory, militarism and territory with humour and directness. RAF pilots spotted the work
( 111 ft by 93 ft), and invited me to document it from the air.
This led directly to the 'Dispersals' project at RAF Coltishall.
Ablab + Dunlop: recent projects
'Cumbernauld: Town for Tomorrow'
Exploring the blind alleys and hopeful prospects of the New Town experiment.
This project brought together architects, artists and residents to bring together the utopianism of the early vision with the reality of cheap housing and oil crisis. www.cumbernauld.nu
'The Tomorrows Project' is an online interactive tool to mix and play with images of the future from the Scottish Screen Archive.
Once upon a time the future was easy.
A monorail, a sky needle, and a revolving restaurant.
But now the Expos have been dismantled, and your future dream=shopping scheme.
Enter the archives and play with the entropic fragments of the past.
The project was nominated for a BAFTA award in 2005. It has also been performed as a live event with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
Artists I like
Dan Norton, Pipilotti Rist, Joel Sternfeld, August Sander,
Louise K Wilson, Angus Boulton.
Enjoyed your photos, clear satisfying institutional spaces - I take this kind of picture in my head (but not so well).
you might enjoy the work of Suzanne Kriemann, an old friend of mine - see http://www.susannekriemann.info/
she has similar concerns.