Presence in Absentia: Inviting Another into Your Art

Mara Menzies
FK Alexander
Sorcha Clelland
Robert Walton
Sarah Hopfinger
Mamoru Iriguchi

Times: Cancelled

Monday 16th March
5:30 – 8:00 pm


MacLeod Hall, Pearce Institute

Presence in Absentia: Inviting Another into Your Art

Through this symposium we seek to look at artists and practitioners that invite the presence of non-present others into their work through reference, reiteration, collaboration, tribute, homage, critique, iconography and many other forms. We want to ask what it means to invite the context of other people into your work? What occurs when we place ourselves in reference to someone else? How does the absence/presence of another become intrinsic to the meaning of a work?

We invite six artists to share their perspective on ‘Inviting Another into Your Art’ through short performative contributions, drawing on their own practice and performance works. Join us in receiving the contributions of these artists, in learning about the people they invite into their art and joining the discussion through meaningful questions, reflections and discussion.

“In the midst of these absences, ‘something’ is perceived, given shape, per-formed, named… All performances, and indeed all arts’ give testimony to absences-even as they manifest presence.” (Park – Fuller, L. M.: Performing Absence: The staged personal narrative as testimony. Text and Performance Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1, January 2000, pg. 20).

Please note that the Into the New festival Symposium event ‘Presence in Absentia: Inviting Another into Your Art’ due to take place on Monday 16th of March at 5:30 pm in The Pearce Institute has been cancelled. The decision to cancel this event has been taken by the Festival Team after a number of speakers are no longer able to attend the event at The Pearce Institute in Glasgow following travel precautions arising from the current international COVID-19 situation.

We apologise to our students, speakers, staff and audiences for any disappointment this may cause and want to extend a huge thanks to the contributors for their commitment to the event.
The RCS and Into the New festival are following UK and Scottish Government advice closely in order to be best placed to make decisions about all productions and public-facing events and Into the New festival will take place as planned next week, with all degree shows going ahead including all other performances scheduled for Monday 16th March. The festival Hub and Box Office will now open from 7:30pm rather than the previous time of 5pm.
The festival team advise anyone who identifies as high risk, those experiencing symptoms of ill health and those planning on traveling internationally to ITN to not attend the festival. ITN support those individuals taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of themselves and others. In the event of non-attendance related to COVID-19 full refunds from Box Office will be issued.
Read the full statement from the RCS regarding COVID-19 here