Approved: 13.04.2017

Alex Hetherington

Artist, Curator, Publisher, Writer

Approved: 13.04.2017

I sustain a visual art practice (with an emphasis on the moving image, performance, text and sculpture) through various positions as artist, curator, programmer and writer, and often work under a title or pseudonym, for example Modern Edinburgh Film School, Neon John and ‘The Men and Women are referred to in the text as’.

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
 
 

Biography

I sustain a visual art practice (with an emphasis on the moving image, performance, text and sculpture) through various positions as artist, curator, programmer and writer, and often work under a title or pseudonym, for example Modern Edinburgh Film School, Neon John and ‘The Men and Women are referred to in the text as’.

Recent projects include Five Propositions for LUX Scotland, >>FFWD: Contemporary Scottish Art in China with Cooper Gallery, Dundee, a screening installation at Shanghai Minsheng Museum and two screenings: The Hallucinating Edge, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing and Pure Movement, K11 Art Foundation, Wuhan. Recent writing includes Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2016 at Tramway, Sky is Falling, CCA, Rob Kennedy at Talbot Rice Gallery, Of Other Spaces; When does gesture become event?, Cooper Gallery and the 11th Shanghai Biennale: Why Not Ask Again?

My practice combines filmmaking, curating, collaboration, publications, commissions and critical writing. It works with themes of learning about film and its ideas, placing them on a horizontal plane; with moving image and its relationships to sculpture, text, event and performance and how moving image is curated and distributed. It seeks to find new expressions for these subjects, founded in conversations with artists, audiences and galleries, and curators, while pointing to the queer and to feminism, with feminine connotations, with the performative, with disguise, appearance and disappearance, material connotation, how works become extended, and what constitutes the fabric of the work, and movements between screen and sculptural evidence and artefact. It addresses the pursuit of subject, the porousness of the subject, evaded documentary and thoughts around institutions and their methods and the messages they convey. It works with a core group of moving image artists and curators alongside practitioners in publishing, film theory, writing and anthropology. It places the outcomes of its research through talks and screenings with museums, cinemas and galleries and in published, written and spoken forms.

CV & Education

• Selected Modern Edinburgh Film School publications, performances, screenings and installations

 

Five Propositions, Toward A Scottish Collection of Artists’ Moving Image,  LUX Scotland, CCA, Glasgow, 13 January 2017

 

The Hallucinating Edge, with Sophia Hao and Sarah Forrest, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China, 20 Dec 2016

 

Pure Movement, with Sophia Hao and Sarah Forrest, K11 Foundation, Wuhan, China, 18 December 2016

 

FFWD, Rosalind Nashashibi, Michelle Hannah, Sarah Forrest, Lyndsay Mann, Corin Sworn, Kathryn Elkin, Tom Varley, Anne-Marie Copestake, Anne Colvin, Bobby Niven, Duncan Marquiss, Allison Gibbs, Kate Davis, Katy Dove, Oliver Mezger, Skaer/Nashashibi, Ross Sinclair, Pernille Spence, with selections from Rewind, collection of video from the 1970s and 80s, CURRENT, Cooper Gallery, Dundee and Mingsheng Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, December 2016 – January 2017

 

Do It All On The Same Day and Rerecording, text by Richard Taylor, Modern Edinburgh Film School archive, performance reading and publications, October 2015 – August 2016
 

Rachel Reupke & Ursula Mayer, screening of selected works, Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh, June 2 2016

 

Elin Jakobsdottir, Patience in Virtue of Débordement, super-8mm and 16mm films, CCA, Glasgow, 24 May 2016

 

Distribution as (Subversive) Practice, LUX Scotland, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 5 April 2016

 

Silhouette Proximity Panopticon Score, Lauren Printy Currie, Jessica Ramm, Lyndsay Mann, Kirsty Hendry, curated insert and text, Scottish Art News, November 2015

 

Curating Materiality, Writing Feminist Art Histories, ECA, June 2015


MOTHS, Lucy Skaer, Anna Lucas, Zoë Forthergill, Amy Pickles, Mairi Lafferty, Allison Gibbs, Anne McGuire, Bobby Niven, Katrina Vallé and Jenny Brady, film screenings, print and performance, Summerhall, Edinburgh, June-July 2015


Ripples on the Pond/A Poetic Measurement, Annabel Nicolson, Rosalind Nashashibi, Anne-Marie Copestake, Anne Colvin, Mairi Lafferty, Lauren Gault, Karen Cunningham, Allison Gibbs, Sarah Forrest, Catherine Street, with a new commissioned performance by Ruth Barker and public talks with Iain Morrison, Suzanne van der Lingen, Dr Glyn Davis, Dr Angela McClanahan, and Dr Sarah Neely, with published poetry by Margaret Tait, Glasgow University Affiliate/Gallery of Modern Art, CCA, GSS, GSA, and Old Hairdressers, May 2015–April 2016, essay republished in Yearbook, Affiliate: Thinking Collections, Glasgow University, Feb 2016

 

Queer Information, with Catherine Street, Jamie Crewe, Sean Elder, JL Williams, et al, experimental writing anthology, Modern Edinburgh Film School, December 2014


“A new island forming…”, artists' interview artists publication with Laura Edbrook, Suzanne van der Lingen, Leah Millar, Katrina Vallé, Annuale 2014, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, June 2014


“the National Review of live art”, film, videos and spoken-word performance by Shona Macnaughton, Karen Cunningham, Amy Pickles, Levi Hanes, Alexander Storey Gordon, Yelena Popova, Tako Taal, Suok Woon Yoon, Seijen Choi, Daniel Lichtman and Catherine Street, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow International, 12 April  2014

 

The Social Media of Too Long/ACRCIT, writing on performance and installation by Dinda Fass, Lauren Gault, Michelle Hannah, Catherine Street,  Modern Edinburgh Film School, March 2014

 

Modern Edinburgh Film School/Mairi Lafferty, film screenings and talk, Edinburgh College of Art, Friday Lecture series, 17 January  2014

 

A Salon of the Voice, with Dr Ella Finer, talk and screening for Georgina Starr, Before Le Cerveau Affamé, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, 28  November 2013


The Free Arc of Life, writing on Karen Cunningham, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Allison Gibbs, Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow; Mairi Lafferty, and Georgina Starr, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Modern Edinburgh Film School, Nov 2013


Hold This Object Up Until There is Nothing Left of You, screening of film and video by Stephen Sutcliffe, Ben Rivers, Mairi Lafferty, Jen Liu, Bill Leslie, ESW, Edinburgh 31 August 2013

 

Ute Aurand, FILME, 16mm films, in conversation with Dr Sarah Neely, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, 2 August 2013

 

Ute Aurand, FILME, Film Lounge, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, 2-31 August 2013

 

Lauren Gault, Granular and Crumb, commissioned film and installation, ESW, 26  – 28 July 2013

 

• Recent, selected group shows
Atelier Public 2, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow International, February – May 2014

Open, StreetLevel Photoworks, Glasgow, December 2012–February 2013

Artists' Books, DCA, Dundee, November 2012

Cycling Through, Tramway, Glasgow, September 2012

Cave Art Fair, Liverpool, September 2012

Walls of Light, CCA film commissions, CCA, Glasgow, 14 October 2010, Stina Wirfelt, Henry Coombes, Clara Ursitti, Alex Hetherington, Calum Stirling, Katri Walker

 

• Recent Awards
Creative Scotland Open Project Fund, 2016-2017
Edinburgh Visual Arts Award, 2015-2016
Creative Scotland, Visual Arts Professional Development, 2013–2014
Alt-W Award, New Media Scotland, 2013

 

• Selected Writing

 

'The football player skates across the battlefield, On folly and performance', for Rowan Markson at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, 3 June 2017


Sky is Falling, CCA, Glasgow, “This is Tomorrow”, May 2017

Of Other Spaces; Where does gesture become event?, C2, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, DISPATCH, March 2017

Shanghai Biennale/Raqs Media Collective, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, “This is Tomorrow”, Jan 2017

Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2016, January 2017

Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2016, Tramway, Glasgow, LUX Scotland, November 2016

Rob Kennedy, Acts of dis play, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh “This is Tomorrow”, November 2016

Of Other Spaces; Where does gesture become event?, C1, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, “This is Tomorrow’, Nov 2016

Ross Fraser McLean, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 28 October – 23 December 2016

Helen McCrorie, The Clock in Commune, Glasite Meeting House, Edinburgh Art Festival, August 2016

Tatham/O’Sullivan, ‘A petition for an enquiry into a condition of anxiety’, Modern Institute, Glasgow, ‘This is Tomorrow’, May 2016

Claire Barclay, Bright Bodies, Glasgow International, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, “This is Tomorrow”, April 2016