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The Art School: GSA Students' Association

20 Scott Street

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BRUT Europe is a day long event hosting a series of short lectures given by participants from all over Europe, presenting their practices and highlighting different social and geographical aspects of the phenomenon of Modernist architecture. Throughout the day, participatory screen-printing workshops will accompany the lectures, followed by a small reception and a screening of Chris Leslie’s films from his documentary project Disappearing Glasgow.

The event is linked to BRUT, Marija Nemcenko's exhibition at the Fairfield Heritage Centre in Govan, Glasgow, which delves into the complexities of Modernist architecture, social housing and public spaces as they exist in UK and Lithuania as primary examples.

Complementary to Nemcenko’s exhibition, the event aims to explore the manifold representations of Modernist Architecture throughout Europe, with a focus on the complexities of Modernist Architecture, social housing and public spaces. The themes covered by speakers will vary from ruins e.g. the iconic St. Peter’s Seminary in Scotland, Modernism, Destruction and Walter Benjamin, social art in former Eastern Bloc countries and the disappearing high-rises of Glasgow.

Free and open to all, BRUT Europe is set to be a fascinating glimpse into the legacy of Modernist architecture throughout Europe.

More info on: www.bruteurope2018.eu

Refreshments and light lunch provided.

Upon booking of the tickets, visitors will be free to participate at any talks, workshops or screenings.

Programme:

4:30 - 7:30 Kid friendly Screen-printing workshops

Participants will have a chance to give it a go at screen-printing and print their own personalised tote bag featuring illustrator's Jamie Temple’s poster design. Materials provided.

3.30pm Owen Hatherley (UK) - It's just like Eastern Europe! - a short history of an architectural misunderstanding

This talk will be on the vexed question of the alleged similarities between the architecture of the Soviet Union and its satellites, and that of the 1960s in Britain. Were the underlying ideas and practices really as similar as they look, or were different philosophies and systems really at work here?

4.15pm Pablo Arboleda (ES) - Unfinished ruins in Italy: From waste to cultural resources

‘Incompiuto Siciliano’ (‘Sicilian Incompletion’) refers to unfinished public works as a formal architectural style – a re-interpretation that conveys the recovered dignity of these ruins. The object is to contribute to the revalorization and eventual recommissioning of unfinished sites by validating Incompiuto Siciliano in the realm of artistic, cultural and aesthetic practices.

5pm Hussein Mitha (UK) - Walter Benjamin: architecture, destructiveness

In a 1933 essay, ’Experience and Poverty’, Walter Benjamin argues for a “positive concept of barbarism” based on eliminating the past (because it has been erased anyway), a starting afresh. This new-found freedom, stemming from privation, stands in direct opposition to the bourgeois interior, whose possessive tracings confer a system of habits on its inhabitants. This talk will explore both the emancipatory potential, and the potentially pernicious aspects of elements of Benjamin’s writings about architecture.

5.45pm Edward Hollis (UK) - Living in Ruins

Some concrete blocks get blown up – but just as many remain, half inhabited. What is it like to live in ruins? In this talk, Ed Hollis will challenge the idea that the past just disappears, telling concrete stories about concrete places, to help us reimagine how, rather than trying to demolish the past, we can learn to live with it.

6.30pm Evelina Simkute and Egidijus Bagdonas (LT) - Communicating place

Communities redefining their own identities through creative action in Kaunas city and region. Evelina (and Egidijus) will talk about project 'Fluxus Labas', which aims to inspire people to have a fresh look at the place where they live.

7.15pm Chris Leslie (UK) - Disappearing Glasgow

The skyline of Glasgow has been radically transformed as high rise tower blocks have been blown down and bulldozed. Does this Disappearing Glasgow herald a renaissance in the city? Photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie’s presents a talk on his project Disappearing Glasgow, which documents an era of spectacular change in film and still photography. Followed by a small reception and screening of Lights Out and Red Road Underground Q&A.

8pm Chris Leslie film screening Q&A

9pm END

The event BRUT Europe is organised by Lithuanian artist Marija Nemcenko, Hungarian curator Anna Tudos and the Lithuanian Cultural Institute as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. It is included in the Glasgow International arts festival 2018 programme and will take place on the 7th of May.












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