Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects

In july 2017 Scottish Sculpture Workshop presented Edge Effects; a programme of workshops, walks, film and performance that explores the complex co-dependencies between ecological, social, economic, and political phenomena.

Edge Effects mapped out artistic processes developed in response to seven international residency sites across Europe through Frontiers in Retreat and brought them together with wider artists practices to ask: What multiple forms of knowledge, discourse, and models of action would construct a viable future for humans and other forms of life? What kinds of boundaries should be dismantled, so that change in the direction of an ecologically sustainable future could be possible?

We explored these questions through artist led activities at the CCA and across the city in offsite locations. At the Arlington Baths Club artists Mari Keski-Korsu and Maaria Alén offered one to one sauna whisking treatments in Beat To The Balance. From the Pearce Institute and following the flow of the Clyde, sonic artists Ximena Alarcon and Brett Bloom guided a two-day intensive Deep Listening workshop that was seeking out possibilities for a post fossil fuel Scotland.

Evening performances included new work by Áine O’Dwyer, presented in collaboration with Counterflows, and Charismatic Megafauna appeared in Scotland for the first time. At CCA, there were newly-commissioned film work by artists Carl Giffney, Nabb + Teeri and Mirko Nikolić, and the Edge Effects library hosted talks and workshops around empathy and activism, Deep Mapping and interspecies communication. Newly commissioned publications by Simon Yuill, Nuno Sacramento and The Centre for Alterity Studies were also launched. Interventions across the city included sonic mediation at bus stops by Brett Bloom and community crafted shortbread by Sylvia Grace Borda and the Lumsden Community bakers at the Project Cafe.

Edge Effects marks the conclusion of the five year Frontier in Retreat programme and is presented through a series of eight satellite exhibitions taking place across Europe between July and December 2017 and in Seoul in 2018. For more information on these visit: Frontiers in Retreat- Edge Effects

Scottish Sculpture Workshop presented Edge Effects in Glasgow as a part of Intentions in Action – Public Engagement programme at the CCA Glasgow, and in collaboration with Counterflows, Creative Carbon Scotland and Project Cafe.
SSW Edge Effects artists and contributors are: Ximena Alarcon, Brett Bloom, Sylvia Grace Borda, Mele Broomes, Charismatic Megafauna, Taru Elfving, Fernando Garcia-Dory (INLAND) & Alex Wilde (Open Jar Collective), Carl Giffney, Mari Keski-Korsu & Maaria Alén, Maarit Laihonen & Petri Ruikka, Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri, Mirko Nikolić, Áine O’Dwyer, Nuno Sacramento, Richard Skelton and Simon Yuill.




Edge Effects: Beat to the Balance
Mari Keski-Korsu & Maaria Alén
Thursday 27 July & Friday 28 July: 9am – 5pm
Arlington Baths Club, Glasgow

Edge Effects: Breakdown Break Down – Two day workshop in Deep Listening
Brett Bloom and Ximena Alarcon

Thursday 27 July: 9am – 5pm & Friday 28 July: 9am – 2pm
The Pearce Institute and sites across Glasgow City

Edge Effects: Áine O’Dwyer presented in collaboration with Counterflows
Thursday 27 July: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
CCA Glasgow



Edge Effects: Deep Maps / geographies from below
Nuno Sacramento
Friday 28 July: 12pm – 2.30pm
CCA Glasgow

Edge Effects: Green Tease – Frontiers in Retreat
Creative Carbon Scotland
Friday 28 July: 3pm – 6pm
CCA Glasgow

Edge Effects: I really don’t feel them
Carl Giffney
Friday 28 July: 7pm – 8.30pm
CCA Glasgow 

Edge Effects: Lumsden Biscuit
Sylvia Grace Borda & Lumsden community bakers

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 July: 9am -5pm
The Project Cafe

On Friday 28 & Saturday 29 July, The Project Cafe was distributing Lumsden Biscuits when you bought a tea or coffee from them. Commissioned by SSW the biscuits are made by Lumsden community bakers, and proceeds from the commission go back into the village. For more information on the project which was initiated by artist Sylvia Grace Borda through her Frontiers in Retreat residencies : click here


Edge Effects: Movement workshop
Mele Broomes
Saturday 29 July: 11am – 1pm
CCA Glasgow

Edge Effects: Holding space with trees
Mari Keski- Korsu
Saturday 29 July: 11am – 1pm
CCA Glasgow

Edge Effects: On a Proletarian Soil
Simon Yuill with Emma Balkind and Nuno Sacramento
Saturday 29 July: 2pm – 3.30pm
CCA Glasgow

Edge Effects: Regenerative Notes – Reflecting and Developing Empathetic Practices in Post-Fossil World
Interfaces for Empathy
Saturday 29 July: 4pm – 5.30pm
CCA Glasgow

Edge Effects: Charismatic Megafauna Scottish debut
Charismatic Megafauna
Saturday 29 July: 7.30pm – 10pm
CCA Glasgow


Edge Effects: Tides and Tributaries
Alex Wilde from Open Jar Collective and Fernando Garcia-Dory from INLAND
Sunday 30 July: 11.00am -2pm
CCA Glasgow and sites across the city

Edge Effects: FiR artist film programme
Carl Giffney, Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri, Mirko Nikolić
Sunday 30 July: 1pm -2.30pm
CCA Glasgow

Edge Effects: Centre for Alterity Studies
Richard Skelton

Sunday 30 July: 3pm -5pm
CCA Glasgow

Frontiers in Retreat is funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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