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Polygraphs is a group exhibition exploring truth, fiction and evidence in a complicated world. Centred around Abstract (2012), a two-channel video work by Berlin based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl, gifted to Glasgow Museums’ collection last year, the exhibition is drawn entirely from Glasgow Museums’ collection.


Abstract, 2012 Hito Steyerl Two channel HD video with sound 7 minutes, 30 seconds Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Artists are often witness to a changing global environment and their role within that culture is to document, ask questions and create layers of meaning to engage audiences with current international discourses. Thus, Abstract provides a frame through which to encounter other artists interested in interrogating dominant historical narratives and our relationships to the arms trade, colonialism, the slave trade and feminism.

Polygraphs reflects GoMA’s long-standing interest in research and evidence based documentary artworks. The exhibition includes works from the last 100 years and poses questions about the relationship of museums to the histories, identities and politics that they represent. By re-displaying older works alongside more recent pieces the exhibition reactivates truths and fictions still relevant today.



The resource space and public programme for Polygraphs has been developed in conjunction with graphic designer Neil McGuire and Cyber-Crannog

Note: Abstract was presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2015. It marks the first work by Hito Steyerl to enter a public collection in the UK

ARTISTS: Jane Evelyn Atwood, Muirhead Bone, Boyle Family, Gerard Byrne, Graham Fagen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Beth Forde, Alasdair Gray, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Hockney, Wyndham Lewis, Peter Kennard, kennardphillips, Barbara Kruger, Scott Myles, Anthony Schrag and Hito Steyerl

Helen de Main with her work in Ripples on the Pond © Glasgow Life

Helen de Main with her work in Ripples on the Pond © Glasgow Life


From Gordon Boag, Media Officer, Glasgow Life
Phone 0141 287 6418/07825 904 240

30 April 2015

A new exhibition featuring works, which celebrate the 21st anniversary of Glasgow Women’s Library and Scotland’s only women’s library, is opening at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. 12 of the works which featured in 21 Revolutions series which celebrated the anniversary have been acquired for Glasgow’s Collection and are the starting point for Ripples on the Pond which will open on May 1 and will run until early next year in Gallery 4.
Ripples on the Pond relates the newly acquired works to others which are already in Glasgow’s collection and are presented as a conversation between the works and the Modern Edinburgh Film School and LUX Scotland artists screenings which are being held in the gallery and beyond. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to be part of the conversation which is expected to grow and change like ripples.

The exhibition will also explore how women use paper as part of their significant practice and for Ripples on the Pond paper can also mean photography. Bringing the exhibition together has also enabled our staff to learn more about the breadth and depth Glasgow’s collection and how works relate to each other.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life said: “Glasgow Women’s Library is unique in Scotland and it is entirely appropriate that these works which were created to mark its 21st anniversary have been acquired for Glasgow’s unique and globally recognised collection. Ripples on the Pond will serve as a starting point to understand how these acquisitions relate to works which have previously been in the collection and we will welcome as many contributions as possible to what will surely be a fascinating conversation”.

Themes of play, landscape, feminism, place and visibility emerge in the exhibition is coming into being we are learning more about the works in the collection and understanding the genealogy of practice, both locally and internationally, of women artists living and working in Glasgow.

January 1987, from 21 Spare Ribs (2012) Helen  de Main, courtesy and copyright the artist

January 1987, from 21 Spare Ribs (2012) Helen de Main, courtesy and copyright the artist

Helen de Main, whose work January 1987, from 21 Spare Ribs (2012) with the text Ripples on the Pond, features in the exhibition and gave it its name said: This work was commissioned by Glasgow Women’s Library for 21 Revolutions and is inspired by the Library’s collection of Spare Rib magazines. Spare Rib was an iconic feminist magazine that was published between 1972 and 1993 covering a wide range of feminist and political topics, as well as more personal and poetic stories. The text in this work is taken from the title of a piece of new fiction in the January 1987 edition of the magazine. The story reflects on how the consequences of personal actions can radiate out, like ripples on a pond, affecting others beyond our reach.

Alex Hetherington from Modern Edinburgh Film School said: Modern Edinburgh Film School is delighted to have participated in the development and making of Ripples on the Pond, and to have worked so closely with Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums, Affiliate: Thinking Collections and with LUX Scotland. Within this process the School has encountered questions that bring drawing and works on paper in close proximity to film and moving image and in turn to time-based media with the sculptural and the live, and to notions of sculpture on film, film and space and expanded cinema. Its ‘poetic measurement’ of the collection, the narratives it contains and intellect of the practices of the women artists on display brings to the foreground a sense of the collection of works on paper and the sister-essay of film in response as a consciousness and a voice. One that resonates with what artist Rose English has observed on the “longevity and strength of the ephemeral.” The project has captured live conversations with selected artists at interesting points in their development, careers and appraisal, and has had the privilege to discuss works in progress, new films and future experiments. And as the film programme and exhibition unfold over its lifetime I hope the project generates vital and lively questions and conversations on the subject of collecting, visibility, media choice and women artists and moving image emerging from Scotland.

Ripples on the Pond is also included in The Season of PhotographyThe Season of Photography is a lively series of exhibitions and events taking place across Scotland from April to September 2015′



Notes to Editors

Artists whose work features in Ripples on the Pond include Sam Ainsley, Claire Barclay, Georgina Beier, Vanessa Bell, Kate Davis, Helen de Main, Jacqueline Donachie, Joan Eardley, Karen Guthrie, Ilana Halperin, Barbara Hepworth, Louise Hopkins, Roni Horn, Bet Low, Patricia MacDonald, Mari Mahr, Shauna McMullan, Jacki Parry, Ciara Phillips, Nina Pope, Carol Rhodes, Zineb Sedira, Lucy Skaer, Jo Spence, Corin Sworn, Amanda Thomson, Jane Topping and Alison Watt.

Moving Image programme in the projection space (confirmed to date):
Corin Sworn, Anne Colvin, Sarah Forrest, Anne-Marie Copestake
Modern Edinburgh Film School: Artists in the programme and essay for Affiliate: Thinking Collections (a University of Glasgow programme funded by Creative Scotland) – Anne Colvin, Sarah Forrest, Anne-Marie Copestake, Rosalind Nashashibi, Allison Gibbs, Karen Cunningham, Mairi Lafferty, Annabel Nicolson, Lauren Gault, and Catherine Street
Ripples on the Pond has been developed with Affiliate: Thinking Collections (a University of Glasgow programme funded by Creative Scotland) and Modern Edinburgh Film School, along with LUX Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library


20 FEBRUARY – 27 MAY 2014

ATELIER PUBLIC#2 is a re-presentation of a 2011 exhibition at GoMA where members of the public were invited to make artworks using materials available in the gallery. In the spirit of ATELIER PUBLIC, I would like to invite you to use the materials to make new work, which will be installed in this gallery for other visitors to see. These materials may change over the course of the 13 weeks the exhibition is open, and your works may be used by others as part of their creative and playful practice in the studio. As in 2011, I have also invited some artists to work within the parameters of the framework of ATELIER PUBLIC#2 and develop this installation.

These artists have been instrumental in the development of ATELIER PUBLIC#2 and the events, talks and workshops that run alongside the exhibition. Along with colleagues, we have discussed notions of the ‘tyranny of materials’; permission; democracy and the nature of our invitation to you, and I now look forward to seeing what you create and find of interest in this exhibition.

Please note ATELIER PUBLIC#2 will be closed on Mondays to give us time to reflect on, and record, the exhibition.

Katie Bruce
Producer Curator
GoMA 2014

ATELIER PUBLIC#2 is part of the Included Programme for Glasgow International 2014 (3–21 April 2014)

We are interested in how you share and play with this work online. The hashtag for Twitter, Vine, Instagram, and You Tube is #ATELIERPUBLIC, and you can follow us @GlasgowGoMA


ATELIER PUBLIC #2 has been developed by GoMA in collaboration with staff, Modern Edinburgh Film SchoolEmma BalkindBrian HartleyAnthony SchragTS BeallClaire Docherty, Sonic BothyTom Nolan, Catherine PaytonStephanie Lu, Arthur Dimsdale and Sofia Rodriguez.

Thursday 10 April, 5 -7 pm
Destruction is part of any creative act! There will be a special commissioned destruction event mid-way through this exhibition. Anyone wishing to protect an artwork is invited to attend this event to do so. All other artworks will be open to destruction. This event is open to the public.

Saturday 12 April, times tbc
Drawing on a number of influences, texts, archives and actions on themes of moving image and live art as counterparts, including responses from different generations of artists in Glasgow working with performance and film, memories of the real NRLA, the CCA exhibition “What we have done, what we are about to do” from material from Third Eye Centre, and the plays of French-born American artist Guy de Cointet, this discrete event “the National Review of live art” forms part of Modern Edinburgh Film School’s appearance at Atelier Public, with a project which looks at ideas of the fictional in film to be performed in public spaces. Programmed from a set of identified works alongside an Open Call, and staged like a play, it will also include an edition featuring essays on Dinda Fass, Michelle Hannah, Lauren Gault and Catherine Street and an anthology of artists’ poetry and texts, while film, video and spoken word come from artists including Karen Cunningham, Jenny Brady, Stuart Fallon, Yelena Popva, Sandra Fruebing, Krisdy Shindler, Andrew Gannon among others to be announced.

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Thursday 17 April 5.30 -7.30 pm
Wide Open Public

In the last decade there has been an upsurge of interest from both cultural and civic sectors in the United States to animate and reimaginate the public sphere. How are artists creating spaces of possibility and negotiation for interaction and living with one another? How does this make our cities more vibrant places to live? What does it mean for the role and mission of cultural institutions? ] Sarah Schultz, Curator of Public Practice at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota will talk about Open Field and other experimental public art projects in the US that suggest new creative models of what it means to be public.
The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1
Programmed as part of Velocity Talks

Sunday 27 April, 1 -3 pm
ADULT ART CLUB – ATELIER (outdoors, indoors) PUBLIC
Be playful! Add colour to the streets using chalk spray. Indoors make, play and explore ATELIER PUBLIC#2

Tuesday 27 May, 11 am – 4 pm
Join us for the public de-installation day at the end of the exhibition, where you are welcome to claim work from the ATELIER PUBLIC#2.

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