GI Festival Southside: Nothing About Us Without Us Is For Us
Nothing About Us Without Us Is For Us, is a series of events taking place in and around Govan as part of the Gi Festival. The public art event on 28 April, will use obsolete technology to hurl language across Glasgow’s River Clyde. Led by artists Matt Baker & t s Beall, as part of Glasgow International Festival Visual Art 2012.
Back in the day folk were forced to communicate in the most modest of means; messages in bottles would carry sacred messages over the rocky seas, in the hope of finding the intended recipient, without falling into the wrong hands. Today, we enjoy communication at our finger tips but have technological innovations and design killed the true art of communication? On the 28th April the River Clyde will be transformed into a mini-festival of activity, where messages will be wafted, shouted, hurled, and whispered across the water using obsolete technology including marine signal flags, string-and-cup telephones, lost languages, siege engines and more.
Precious boats encasing private tokens, made with ‘redeveloped rubbish’ from the Clyde itself, will take voyage across the river whilst trebuchets (medieval catapults) hurl bespoke, hand crafted charms carrying their own special meaning, overhead.
A whole afternoon of planned activities will be taking place on both sides of the river. So get along to the Govan Waterfront and enjoy an afternoon of choral serenades on the water, catapult launching and rekindling the lost art of communication. For more information about the event and activities leading up to the big day visit the website at: http://www.aboutuswithoutus.com.