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'converse' by Kate V Robertson

Date uploaded: October 29, 2014

In a year that has seen Glasgow’s public spaces co-opted for mass sporting events, public participation, political demonstration and charity, Kate V Robertson engages the post-Commonwealth Games, post-referendum city in conversation with itself. 'converse' consists of conversation-based audio works, stories, recorded sounds and music created by Glasgow based musicians and writers including Martin O’Connor, Daniel Padden, Kim Moore, Kirstin Innes and visual artists Virginia Hutchison & Sarah Forrest and launches on the 8th of November 2014 (4-6pm) at South Block, 60 Osborne Street, Glasgow.

These conversations, along with audio recordings taken from Commonwealth Games events and public responses to those events, will be broadcast from linked portable speakers, hung over telephone wires at or near public sites associated with the Games, mimicking the urban practice of throwing used sports shoes over wires in the street. Kate V Robertson invites you to stop and listen to the unusual speakers, be transported back to the summer, consider the city, and your surroundings.

'converse' launches on Saturday 8th November at South Block, 60 Osborne St, Glasgow 4 - 6pm and runs from the 8th to the 16th of November 2014 at various locations thooughout Glasgow. A map of all converse locations is available by clicking here.

Kate V Robertson was born in Edinburgh in 1980. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2003 and from their MFA course in 2009 (her degree show piece, Expire, famously brought smoke back to Tramway’s disused chimney). Kate has exhibited widely in Berlin and New York (including Billboard, a piece on Times Square), and received a number of commissions for festivals including the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh Art Festival and Glasgow International. Kate was shortlisted for the Cultural Olympiad’s Artists Taking the Lead project in 2009. Group exhibitions include Paper at MAMAC, Nice, Running Time in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Industrial Aesthetics: Environmental Influences on recent art from Scotland at Hunter College, New York. Kate co-curated the Wasps exhibition for this years’ GI at the Briggait, called Reclaimed the Second Life of Sculpture. Kate V Robertson is a studio holder and board member of Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

‘Orate' Kate V Robertson, Brooklyn, 2008, Courtesy of the artist and Patricia Fleming Projects

‘Orate' Kate V Robertson, Brooklyn, 2008, Courtesy of the artist and Patricia Fleming Projects