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We are very grateful to GoMA’s current students, Angelo and Dimitra, on their internship as part of the MSc: Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism at the Univeristy of Edinburgh, for developing their upcoming event: Swipe Right. Swipe Right is part of the GpMA’s Public Programme engaging diverse audiences in the current exhibition programme specifically around two exhibitions Please Turn Us On and Polygraphs


4.45 – 7.45pm
Gallery 4


Swipe Right is a performative and discursive event with engaging talks, illustrated poetry and comedienne Clare Summerskill will be presenting her stand-up and comedy songs. The event opens up a discussion around LGBT+ identity and self-image after the Web 2.0.

The proliferation of online dating applications and social platforms has brought a change in the way people perceive themselves and construct their own image. Specifically, the image of LGBT+ people changed across the years, building an identity over old and new stereotypes that seemed to become gradually different from the 1970s and partially less politically involved. In an open dialogue with the history, culture and political struggle of the gay liberation movement since the 1960s, this event attempts to explore the development of the self-image of the individuals through mainstream and new media (TV, cinema, video, social network, dating applications) as well as through various forms of visual culture (illustrated poetry, visual art, performance) in the last four decades.

Swipe Right with contributions from:

Dr Michael Bachmann, Theatre Studies, University of Glasgow

Dr Lucy Weir, Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Edinburgh

Professor David Kinloch, Poetry and Creative Writing, University of Strathclyde

Clare Summerskill, Comedienne, actress, writer, singer


4.45pm-6.30pm Talks and Q&A

7pm – 7.45pm Clare Summerskill performance



Modern Edinburgh Film School presents Allison Gibbs, with a performance from Ruth Barker

Modern Edinburgh Film School presents
Allison Gibbs, with a performance from Ruth Barker
Thursday 30 July, 7.30pm


Modern Edinburgh Film School presents a screening event on the works in 16mm film by Australian artist Allison Gibbs. This event forms a part of the exhibition Ripples on the Pond and its sister-essay A Poetic Measurement, designed as a conversation between works on paper and moving image by women artists. This event on Gibbs’s films which brings together extrasensory practices, sociology, anthropology and film theory is accompanied by a spoken word performance ‘The White Ink Lecture’ by Glasgow-based artist Ruth Barker with published editions available on Gibbs’s and Barker’s individual practices.

‘In trying to ‘articulate something that defies articulation and “verification”’ on subjects such as expressionist German film maker FW Murnau’s motion picture Tabu (1931) and the precognisance of his early death during its production she exposes the ‘privileges of rationality,’ capitalism and modern thinking to a ‘magical approach’. Her films explore consciousness shifted from singular to plural and to theories of embodied, authentic and feminine knowledge. These ‘expanded mental dimensions (multiplicity, of clairaudience, clairsentience, clairvoyance)’ find root in her interest in the American psychic Jane Roberts.’

Ripples on the Pond is an exhibition which has at its core works from the Glasgow Museums’ Collection. It takes as the starting point recent acquisitions from Glasgow Women’s Library’s 21 Revolutions series, relating them to other works in the collection and sparking questions about gender, themes and media choice in relation to women’s practice and visibility. The exhibition is a conversation between the works in the collection on paper and moving image with invitations to Modern Edinburgh Film School and LUX Scotland to programme artists’ screenings, within and beyond the gallery space.

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