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An Opposites Programme
Gordon Douglas with Ash Reid

Sun 16 June 2019

Gordon Douglas and Ash Reid invite you to a live event, opening up CCA, its public spaces and private operations.

Throughout the year, Gordon Douglas has observed the mechanics of our open source policy, an approach to programming which offers free and temporary public use of many of the building’s spaces and facilities. His performative audit considers the access, accountability and power inherent to working relationships with the institution.

Gordon has been working with artist Ash Reid to consider how modes of reciprocity and exclusion might affect the decision-making of something like an open source programme model, through a series of devised performances in CCA and Kunsthal Gent.

For this live installation, Gordon has restaged the CCA Artist Flat as a leaky and makeshift set. This temporary control room will become the source of improvised actions, sound spill and tannoy announcements.

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Gordon has been working with CCA since May 2018 towards a performative audit of the open source policy. By imagining the policy as a performance score, and the organisation and its stakeholders as performers, the research has aimed to seek out organisational habits and systems that are enacted on a daily basis. How can imagining the exchange process in this way shed light on access, accountability and power within the organisation’s architecture of hospitality?

In December 2018, Gordon invited artist Ash Reid into conversation around the act of noise-proofing, talking through the hierarchies of use in CCA’s multi-use building, and the support (and containership) of its multiplicity of service-users. Since then, they have devised collaborative performances thinking through ideas of temporary use in CCA Glasgow and Kunsthal Gent.

An Opposites Programme is a moment of disruption and sharing that marks the end to this period of study.