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College / University
Polytechnic of Central London...... Duncan of Jordanstone for Masters
Program / Degree
Photography then Electronic Imaging
Member type
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Digital, Event, Installation, Photography, Printmaking, Video
I am...
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.

'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.
See www.tompro.co.uk
Artists I like
Dan Norton, Pipilotti Rist, Joel Sternfeld, August Sander,
Louise K Wilson, Angus Boulton.
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Alt_w in Glasgow
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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At 18:10 on April 27, 2009, Håkan Sjöström said…
Really enjoyed your work! Very strong in its graphic simplicity.
At 13:01 on August 18, 2008, Jonna Pedersen, Denmark said…
Tusind tak for den danske hilsen :-)
Hvordan kan en skotte dansk?
Er vild med dine ting.
Kender du Finn Manford - dansk fotograf, der også er rigtig spændende!!
At 10:02 on August 18, 2008, Jonna Pedersen, Denmark said…
GREAT work!!! Like the simplicity and the way you see things!!
At 16:07 on June 24, 2008, Abigail Thomas said…
hi, i have started an artists books group and was womdering if you wanted to join?
At 11:00 on June 23, 2008, Janie Nicoll said…
Hi Gair
Good to hook up ! Hope you are well and things are good in Dundee.... I am busy with the Falkirk Res.....
Ciao for now !!
At 8:40 on June 5, 2008, Martyn Ware said…
Hi Gair

thanks for the invite

It's a long way to come from London - what' s the fee?

transport would need to be covered also

martyn x
At 7:10 on June 4, 2008, Brad Wise said…
great work!
At 11:05 on April 7, 2008, Kirsty Whiten said…
hey thanks!

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.
cheers, K*
At 0:48 on April 1, 2008, Hans Manner-Jakobsen said…
Hiya Gair, wonderful to see your great projects featured here, my best to your companion. Hans from Hornbaek
At 23:21 on March 14, 2008, Amina Bech said…
no... Oslo, Norway. thanks!


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