To participate in an experimental and informal class where students will research and study Glasgow pub culture and make connections in Glasgow’s beer industry. The research and connections will be used to create social, site-specific work for the Market Gallery and the Glasgow International Festival for Visual Art.
Eric Steen is an artist and beer-lover from Portland, Oregon. His art has centered on two main things: 1) people’s notions of living an ideal life by creating the world they want to live in and 2) beer as an agent of social change. You can see his work at: ericmsteen.com. Eric is participating in a residency for the Market Gallery and will create work for the upcoming Glasgow International Festival for Visual Arts. Participating students will also have the opportunity to be a part of these projects.
For the festival Eric would like to work with students from the Glasgow School of Art and other Glasgow Schools to conduct field research in Glasgow pub culture by learning about pubs, beer, brewing, the aesthetics of the beer culture, and beer/brewing politics. Together Eric and these students will create an event series that will highlight beer culture as an important social agent for community development and building relationships. For the final project, they will create a temporary pub (for 1-3 nights only) in late April or early May 2010.
If you like to be a part of this please contact ericmsteen AT gmail.com.
Starting in January 2010, Eric will need committed and motivated students to help with researching pubs, breweries, beer culture, and making connections with homebrewers in the Glasgow area. We will begin planning an event series as well. Eric is asking for students who will commit from 30 min to 2 hours per week until he arrives in Scotland in March. Starting in mid-March, more time will be devoted to organizing and building the projects.