Artist Talk: Simon Yuill

Artist Talk: Simon Yuill

Simon Yuill is currently a writer in residence at Scottish Sculpture Workshop, as part of the ongoing curated programme Slow Prototypes.

He will be hosting a talk at SSW this coming Thursday to talk about his practice and involvement in Slow Prototypes.

I have been asked to write an essay that provides a broader perspective on issues within the Slow Prototypes project. In response to that I am starting from an exploration of the word ‘craft’ and how its meaning has changed over time to the point that, despite coming from the same source as similar sounding words in other languages, the word craft has no direct equivalent and must always be translated. From this I begin to look at the idea of how working upon materials and objects is itself a form of translation in the sense of translation being a movement from one context and form to another, and what the possible political and economic dimensions of this process are.

The working title for the essay is: ‘Craft, the costs of translation’.” – Simon Yuill

Simon is an artist, writer and programmer based in Glasgow. His work includes the use of interview and research processes, film, publishing, and custom software systems. Stackwalker is part of a series of works exploring land, law, and labour. Other projects within this series include a history of the Pollok Free State, a road protest camp and autonomous community that existed in Glasgow in the 1990s, and a collection of studies of various types of commons (such as common lands, commoner’s rights, collective housing, and Scottish Common Good trusts) and how they operate as social infrastructures. He was the inaugural winner of the Vilém Flusser Theory Award (Berlin, 2008), has been a Research Resident at the Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam, 2005), and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow with the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College (London).

Below is an image from Yuill’s Pollok Free State project (2008-2010), the photo is from an event at the Pollok Free State and was originally taken by Brian Hartley in 1995.

Date(s): Thursday 20 September 2012

Time: 7 – 9pm

Location: Scottish Sculpture Workshop, 1 Main Street, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4JN.

Price: Free

Please contact Christine Muller via or call 01464 861372 for further information.

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