Responding to our call out which considered the multiple experiences, divergent thought and communal entanglements that exist at SSW in relation to our archive and documentation in our 40th year, all artists had an interest in oral histories, speculative narration, making kin and becoming with each other. The programme of activity, which included studio visits, saunas and reading groups, drew from research by SGSAH Researcher in Residence at SSW, Naomi Pearce, and Donna Haraway’s ‘Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Anthropocene’.
Alongside programmed activity and through the artists’ practices, Laura Hindmarsh shared some of her research in Underpinning with Aberdeen-based artist, Kirsty Russell. Exploring care and conditions for working together, the event brought generous work, thoughts, reflections from Laura’s friends and collaborators to Aberdeen and opened conversations and thinking around care, communality and concern. Amy Pickles worked with the Lumsden Primary School After School Club, making noises and sounds together through games. They recorded and looped sounds together to make a cacophony of noise. Anna Mitterer walked, filmed and walked, spending time with Jake who lives in the Clash in Darroch forrest. Anna will be returning this summer to work with Jake and make a new film work with his input. Alongside material explorations, Hannah cast Nasa’s 3D prints of asteroids in bronze and iron for this exhibition.
In a reading group led by Naomi Pearce, we considered the text, ‘Queering Archives: A Roundtable Discussion’, with a performative reading of Maria Fusco’s book, ‘Legend of a Necessary Dreamer’ in relation to the programme call and Naomi’s research here at SSW.