Site – Place – Context





Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Cuauhtémoc Medina and Rafael Ortega – When Faith Moves Mountains (Cuando la fe mueve montañas) Lima 2002. Photo: Video still

This project aims to demonstrate the importance of being aware of, and understanding the multiplicity of contexts within any given site. The project is structured around four creative processes: Research, Development, Resolution and Presentation. You may develop work in any media, think about all the resources you were introduced to in the first term, both in the workshops and your experimentations with Lauren.

To start off the research period, you are requested to look at ways of investigating, documenting and gathering information on site, place and context. During the first 2 weeks of the project your studio will become a ‘Shared Research Resource’ for the project – a depository for the information you gather. This research will be a shared resource; therefore you are required to document it in a way that will allow others to gain understanding and knowledge from your inquiry. This could be done through, for example, drawing, photography, writing and recording. In addition to this we will introduce you to web logging (blogging) as a method of archiving and sharing both your research – Blogger and WordPress are good examples of sites. Laura and Becky will be on hand to introduce you to the world of blogging and to link your blog site to the First Year Sculpture and Environmental Art Projects’ site. To start you off on your research, some useful links can be found under the tags of community-participation and site-place-context

During the first 2 weeks of the project you are expected to explore ideas around site and audience within the vicinity of Glasgow Green – please refer to the project map. Remember, you have had inductions into our wood, casting and metal workshops and participated in the ‘conscious subconscious’ project with Lauren Gault.  It is expected that you use some of the techniques and processes that you have been introduced to previously and will continue to develop skills in some of these areas. Your final work for this project will reflect this.


Enter a caption Erwin Wurm, Outdoor Sculpture (man with cleaning things), Taipei, 2000. 159 x 127 cm, c-print

During the final weeks of the project, you are expected to develop a work from the research material that has been gathered. The work should reflect an in-depth study of site and context. It should demonstrate that you are aware of who your audience is. Is it a site specific based work that exists because of its context? Is it a work that is site responsive? Could it move to various locations? Is it a gallery based work that has grown and developed from the research you have done into a particular site/context?

The key things to remember when developing work for this project are:

  • Who is the artwork for?is the work for a particular audience? Are you working with a particular community? Are they co-collaborators?
  • Where is it for?could it exist in multiple locations, change location or is it specific to that site?
  • What are your hopes for the artwork? is it a subtle intervention that may go unnoticed? Is it a longer term project that involves a particular community? Is it formal? Political? Social?


These are all points to consider when developing your work – neither one is mutually exclusive, you might make a work that considers all, some or none of the questions above.

This final period will be supported by tutorials and will culminate in a critical feedback session and an exhibition in your studio.

 Please see the VLE for a detailed timetable for the project.

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