The House that Spirits Built (Is that the foundation for your theory?)


Rosie O’Grady

Wednesday 11 September 2019
6 – 7pm

We’re excited to announce a series of talks that have been programmed alongside Rachel Adams & Tessa Lynch’s collaborative exhibition Stoop, Stoop, Stooping is Stoopid!” on display in the Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover. This series delivered by a variety of academics, writers, artists and historians aims to expand upon some of the artists’ research interests as well as provide an insight into a variety of subjects touched upon by the exhibition.

From Glasgow’s ‘Spook School’ to The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, this talk considers how the work of women designers and architects in the early twentieth century has been circumscribed to the realms of horror. 

While theory and argument are understood through the structural metaphor of building, their logic is only equated with exteriors – secure foundations and a hermetic outer shell (“Is that the foundation to your theory?”). This talk extends the partial nature of this linguistic construct by using an architectural mnemonic to structure thought within interior space. Further questioning the definition of ‘rational’ architecture, the talk takes a disorienting turn through buildings that buffer, and lingers instead in the corridors, ventilation shafts and thresholds of an idea.

Performed in the Dining Room at House for an Art Lover, the talk celebrates how women occupied the role of spiritual medium to become conduits for social justice, and faked ectoplasm with domestic materials in the process. Blurring speculation, anecdote, séance and historic tour, it twists these histories with a series of gesso panels designed by Margaret Macdonald which adorn its walls.

Rosie O’Grady is an artist based in Glasgow. She was recently awarded a Glasgow School of Art Curatorial Fellowship, producing a project called ‘Strange Weather’, and is currently resident at Talbot Rice (Edinburgh) 2018-2020. For Glasgow International 2018, Rosie was awarded the Open Bursary, presenting a solo exhibition ‘May Day’ at House for an Art Lover.

Refreshments will be served at the event.

This event is FREE, however booking is essential.
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Find out more about the exhibition here: “Stoop, Stoop, Stooping is Stoopid!”

Both the Studio Pavilion gallery & House for an Art Lover are fully accessible venues. All entrances to the gallery and house have ramped access and there is a lift to allow access to the other levels of the House. All paths around the house and gallery are tarmac which are flat and accessible. There is an audio induction loop in place for use by people with hearing aids. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding access. We have four blue badge parking spaces available on site.

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