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Past Perfect to Future Indicative

Fablevision’s sister organisation, StudioFV was at the University of the West of Scotland recently to film and interview, Trent Kim, the director and lecturer of the unversity’s New Media Arts department who set his students the task of using art projections as a creative stimulus, the findings of which will inform the Erasmus+-funded Bridging Digital project. 

The interview was a follow up to the recent art installation at Dunure Castle in Ayrshire, where images of Dunure’s past were projected onto its walls.

The Bridging Digital project explores new ways in which art-centred activities and inputs can be used as a medium for change.  The role of art in this context is threefold: it is an instrument, metaphoric and a harbinger. The past, the “known known”, comes together with the “known unknown” to create an as yet “unknown unknown” –  the future.

If this is far too Rumsfeldian for this early in 2022, just remember that the past is not only another country, it also the only reference point, predicate and tutor we have for imaging our future.  Unlike Marx’s apian architects, we must first build the future in our imagination. 

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Bridging Digital in Dunure

Fablevision, accompanied by StudioFV, was in Dunure, Ayrshire to shoot film and interviews for Bridging Digital, an Erasmus+ funded project involving cultural/educational organisations from Scotland (Fablevision), Greece (Hellenic Education Association), Poland (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej) and Sweden (Intercult).

The project, headed in Scotland by Liz Gardiner, Fablevision, is collaborating with Trent Kim, director, New Media Arts, University of the West of Scotland, to explore how artist-led learning can use digital techniques as a catalyst for helping communities adapt to and author change.

In the Dunure example, StudioFV, filmed the work of UWS students in re-purposing the romantic and somewhat desolate coastal ruin of Dunure castle as a canvas on which to project the village’s long and varied history.

Home to Scotland’s oldest lighthouse, with a once thriving fishing industry; a place of sea-inspired folkloric tales; the blood feuds of the Kennedy clan; connections with Mary Queen of Scots and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald; the village is now looking at ways in which it can incorporate all this into a new and sustainable future centred on the tourist potential of the area.

The nub of the matter is re-imaging: what do you do when you no longer do what you did?


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Cultural charity Fablevision and its social enterprise trading arm – Fablevision Studios – have worked with artists in Glasgow for over 30 years, examining and transforming accepted narratives.  The organisation engages with people facing barriers to employment, and works with community charities concerned with waterfront development and heritage protection.  During Memory of Water, Fablevision is hosting two local labs, an international lab, and two artist residencies. The organisation further promotes activities and ideas through its design and implementing of communication strategies across the project, disseminating and interpreting information for all partners. 

During 2012-16, Fablevision conducted an artist exchange programme with Gdansk, Poland, and in 2017, an artist residency programme, Riverside Solidarity, in Govan.  Fablevision is excited to continue working with members of River//Cities network.

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Woven Network at the Wh•eat cafe and Govan Cross

The Fablevision-Wh•eat cafe event – featuring the works Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, Deirdre Nelson, Audrey O’Brien, Ailie Rutherford, Donna Rutherford, Alex Wilde – attracted a lot of local attention.

Our sister organisation, Fablevision Studios, was also on hand to film and interview t s Beall (the lead artist on the Woven Network Govan) at her installation on the Mary Barbour statue at Govan Cross.

The aim of the artworks and events is to highlight the role played by female carers – paid and unpaid – during the Covid19 pandemic.

BBC Scotland River City star, Iain Robertson, was on hand to launch the new exhibition, which was covered by both the Evening Times and the Herald.

Currency of Care

Spoken Words written by Ruth Little has been used by Deirdre Nelson in Currency of Care, one of her artistic submissions for the Woven Network Govan project.  Deirdre Nelson is one of the 7 artists coming together for Fablevision’s Woven in Govan – part of the Woven Network European collaborative project, highlighting the experiences of women during the Covid-19 pandemic and the historical burden of care placed upon women in society as a whole. (Music Credit: “Almost Bliss” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

Woven Network Govan Recruits an Icon

Govan-based artist tsBeall uses the Mary Barbour statue outside Govan underground station to project the importance of women as the principal carers during the present Covid19 crisis. In the history of Govan and Glasgow, Barbour rose from obscurity to prominence by a combination of an indomitable spirit, humanity and acumen, yet until relatively recently, she was a figure almost lost to history.

The Woven Network Govan, part of the Woven (Womens) Network, is an arts-based project which is determined to give voice, notice and credit to the role of women as the principal carers, professionally and domestically, during the present crisis.

Giving Voice to Carers

Donna Rutherford is one of seven artists coming together to take part in Fablevision’s Woven in Govan project – highlighting the experiences of women during the Covid-19 pandemic and the historical burden of care placed upon women in society as a whole. Donna’s work is an audio piece, featuring interviews with women on their experiences over the last year in the Covid climate and the effect the pandemic has had on them and their lives. Here is a small taste of her full 15-minute long piece, currently being exhibited at the wh·eat cafe in Govan.