Test Unit is an art, design and architecture summer school and events programme.
In parallel to the week-long intensive summer school we have an evening events programme that will question how our cities are designed and developed.
TURNCOATS: Rip It Up & Start Again
Thurs 7th July
7pm @ The Glue Factory
Hot-headed debate considering the positives and negatives of Glasgow's appetite for demolishing architecture in the name of regeneration.
Local authorities across Scotland wield wrecking ball and dynamite prefering social cleansing to mindful mending of our working class and marginal neighbourhoods. The destruction of these communities, left to rot and degrade by successive generations of politicians, is luridly feted as a calculated process of gentrification-by-force dilutes people and place. Architects have become complicit in a one-size-fits-all strategy intrinsically weighted towards return-on-investment rather than acting as facilitators for a thoughtful process of social, cultural and economic self-generated development of community.
Pre-event warm up from Cat Hepburn - Writer & Spoken Word Artist
Chair: Lee Ivett, BAXENDALE
Rebecca Davies - participatory collaborating with the community of Elephant & Castle who are facing redevelopment of their area - http://rebecca-davies.tumblr.com/
Paul Stallan - Stallan Brand Architects are currently working on the student development in Speirs Locks, as well as the recent masterplan for Laurieston. Paul was also a contributor for the recent Land Art Generator Initiative competition - http://www.stallanbrand.com/
Gerry Hassan - writer, academic and research fellow in cultural policy and producer of Imagination: Scotland’s Festival of Ideas - http://www.gerryhassan.com/
Ambrose Gillick - researcher and lecturer at the GSA. Ambrose recently facilitated the Back to the City conference - examing the move back towards the re-densification of post-industrial & post slum urban landscapes within the inner cities - http://ow.ly/EKjJ301LEjd
Turncoats creates an atmosphere that is both playful and provocative. It allows and encourages audience and panel to speak candidly and polemically without fear of offending. The coup is to have a liberating enjoyable evening while confronting critical subjects head on with gusto and vigor. Like a film, each event splits into three acts each with their own energy.
This event is part of the wider Test Unit talks series:
Test Unit: Prototyping Public Space with Kristian Koreman, ZUS & Santiago Cirugeda, Recetas Urbanas
Tues 5th July, 7pm
Tickets - http://ow.ly/oVfI300QOTT
Test Unit: Pecha Kucha 28 - Art, Design, Architecture and the City
Weds 6th July, 7pm
The Whisky Bond
Tickets - http://ow.ly/ooSg300QTbK
Test Unit Opening Party
(as part of Speirs Locks Summer Party)
Saturday 9th July, 1pm - late
Bairds Brae, G4 9SW
Design & build workshops, performance, music and showcase of work produced during the week-long art summer school.
Test Unit is a project conceived and developed TAKTAL & Agile City in partnership with A Feral Studio, BAXENDALE, The Glasgow School of Art,UZ Arts & Scottish Canals.
And is supported by Creative Scotland, EventScotland as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces programme.