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Artist Interviews

  • Duncan Marquiss - Copying Errors - Artist's Video

    For spring 2016 we’re delighted to present Copying Errors, the largest exhibition to date by Scottish artist Duncan Marquiss. In his video works and drawings Marquiss often draws links between a range of cultural reference points, bringing them together in new and unexpected ways. The exhibition presents a selection of works from the last five years of his practice, revealing shifts in style and execution. This body of work ranges from the material experimentation of his drawings and flicker films, to recent documentary videos that stem from his interest in biology. The title of the exhibition refers to biological variations caused by errors in the reproduction of genetic information, yet it is also a reference to Marquiss’ preoccupation with the idiosyncrasies that occur within the materials he uses.

    “I often arrive at an artwork via a happy accident with some material, which I’ll then try to repeat, so I’m often copying errors in my own work”

    Duncan Marquiss

    Copying Errors includes the first gallery presentation of Marquiss’ video Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps, which was commissioned through the Margaret Tait Award and premiered at Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year. This piece features interviews with the biologists Niles Eldredge and Armand Marie Leroi, in which they discuss the controversies surrounding Eldredge’s revolutionary theory of Punctuated Equilibria; evolution in fits and starts. Leroi has recently found a similar pattern of change in his study of the evolution of pop music, which he describes as ‘pop- paleontology’. Their conversation considers the analogies and differences between biological and cultural evolution, taking in Eldredge’s vast collection of brass musical instruments and Leroi’s burgeoning ‘science of culture’, which uses algorithms to trace cultural genealogies. This dialogue is interwoven with footage shot by Marquiss, who takes the themes of the discussion as a cue for image-making processes and editing structures.

    Duncan Marquiss graduated in 2001 in Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and subsequently graduated from the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005. He undertook the LUX Associate Artist Programme, London in 2009. He was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2015-16. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Experimenta, BFI London Film Festival; International Motley Honest Signals, Glasgow Project Room; Index, screening at Microscope Gallery, New York; Foraging Economics, essay for The Happy Hypocrite, 2014; and Information Foraging, Artist Moving Image Festival Tramway, Glasgow 2013. An exhibition with Toby Christian, Renderuin, recently opened as part of Glasgow International Festival.

    You can read more about Duncan Marquiss’ Copying Errors in these interviews in The Skinny, The List and The Herald.

    Copying Errors is part of Ignite, Dundee’s festival of creativity.

  • Grey Gardens Artists' Video

    Discover the fascinating interplay between concrete forms and nature in this exhibition of art and architecture, programmed as part of the Scotland-wide Festival of Architecture. Featuring contemporary and archive photography, scale models and sculptures, Grey Gardens explores how architects and artists have tried to harmonise their use of concrete with natural landscapes from the 1950s to the present day.

    The exhibition traces a line from Scottish modernist buildings by Morris and Steedman and Peter Womersley to the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and the fantastical Mexican concrete garden Las Pozas, created by Edward James. Scottish town art also features, from Brian Miller’s work in Cumbernauld to David Harding’s creations for Glenrothes. These unique environments will be revealed through photography and video from Guido Guidi, Colin McLean, Amanda Holmes and Avery Danziger.

    Set alongside these will be works by artists Neville Rae, Smith/Stewart and Martin Boyce, who won the Turner prize in 2011 and whose work DCA curated for the Venice Biennale in 2009.

    Grey Gardens is one of hundreds of events taking place during 2016 as part of the Festival of Architecture, a cornerstone of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations. The exhibition is situated within Richard Murphy’s award-winning DCA building, which has recently been selected as one of Scotland’s greatest buildings of the past 100 years as part of Scotstyle, another Festival of Architecture project.

  • IC-98 Artists' Video

    This winter, DCA is delighted to present the largest UK exhibition to date by Finnish artist duo IC-98, fresh from representing Finland at the Venice Biennale 2015. The galleries will be transformed by large-scale projections of the pair’s extraordinary, richly detailed works, which combine intricate hand drawings with digital animation.

    Works in this exhibition include Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons), which focuses on a gnarled, towering tree creaking ominously in the darkened galleries. Arkhipelagos (Navigating the Tides of Time) features rafts struggling amidst all-encompassing waves; while A View from the Other Side depicts a 19th century portico in Turku, Finland as the seasons and centuries change around it.

  • Roman Signer: Installations, Artist's Video

    Kayaks, cannons and catapults are all employed by the internationally renowned artist Roman Signer for his solo exhibition at DCA this summer.

    In a career spanning more than four decades, Signer has become synonymous with playful actions exploring chance, space and time. For this exhibition DCA will focus upon a series of works concerned with the aftermath of these actions, or with their potential to take place.

  • Roman Signer Actions Video

    Kayaks, cannons and catapults are all employed by the internationally renowned artist Roman Signer for his solo exhibition at DCA this summer..

  • Spring / Summer 2015, Curator's Video

    This season, we’re delighted to bring colour and glamour into our galleries, from the work of legendary Polaroid artist, fashion designer and stylist Maripol to sculptural installations by Clare Stephenson and video, prints and objects by Zoe Williams. Cultural production across artforms usually tends to be kept separate, but this exhibition presents fashion, art, film, photography, sculpture, jewellery and prints together.

  • Florian and Michael Quistrebert: Visions of Void, Artists' Video

    For the first exhibition of 2015, we are proud to present hypnotic abstract videos and paintings by the collaborative French brothers Michael (born 1976) and Florian (born 1982) Quistrebert. Based in Paris and Amsterdam, the artists were recently nominated for the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize and have been increasingly recognised for their intense and immersive works. Visions of Void, their largest exhibition in the UK to date is kindly supported by the Institut français d’Ecosse where a small complementary selection of video works will also be presented

  • Jim Campbell: Indirect Imaging, Artist's Video

    We are proud to present Indirect Imaging, the first ever UK solo exhibition by renowned American artist Jim Campbell. Using LED lights, Campbell constructs exquisite light sculptures derived from simple films – birds in flight or commuters walking. By reducing the visual information to the bare minimum he creates captivating works which make the everyday appear magical.

  • Continue Without Losing Consciousness, Artists' Video

    An introduction to Continue Without Losing Consciousness - an exhibition of contemporary art by Rob Churm, Raydale Dower and Tony Swain presented alongside a series of music and performance events that take place in and amongst the works.