Invitation to Forms

Glasgow International 2018
The Mitchell, Glasgow
Produced by Brighton Upton Trust
Supported by The Glasgow School of Art, Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam), Glasgow Life

20 April – 7 May 2018

Invitation to Forms

Glasgow International 2018
The Mitchell, Glasgow
Produced by Brighton Upton Trust
Supported by The Glasgow School of Art, Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam), Glasgow Life

20 April – 7 May 2018

Invitation to Forms is an exhibition examining ‘form’ at the Poet’s Corner in the Mitchell Library as part of Glasgow International 2018.

The exhibition explores what we now mean by ‘the formal’ in the context of the screen, stage and page at a time when moving image, performance and art writing are blossoming.

The Poet’s Corner has a preserved Victorian library and one starting point for an installation of rich and diverse research materials on form presented by the writers and artists: Kate Briggs, Joseph Buckley, Francis McKee, Vivian Sky Rehberg and Nina Wakeford. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Tripp, produced by Brighton Upton Trust and designed by Stephen Murray.

The exhibition offers a new idiosyncratic vocabulary for talking about form, and, in so doing, offer a varied inquiry into what we mean by form when we speak of it in relation to art. We are directly inspired by Calvino’s lectures, within which he frequently draws on examples from literature as a means to talk about terms that are transferable to a wide range of narrative practices.

Invitation to Forms is part of How Forms Live, a research project developed by Kate Briggs and Sarah Tripp.

Photographs by Isobel Lutz-Smith