a-n instagram takeover: look again festival 2018

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hi everyone – FK McLoone back with another takeover, this time covering Aberdeen’s Look Again festival @lookagainfest ! There’s a lot packed into this visual art weekender (which runs until Sunday 17th June) but the festival team has been wonderful in helping me navigate the must-see events, installations and exhibitions. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings, but until then, here’s some highlights from what I’ve been up to! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #contemporaryart #seriousplay #graysschoolofart #graysdegreeshow #publicart #installationart #sculpture #design

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hope you’ve been enjoying @samking_art ‘s degree show takeover! Today I’ll also be sharing some of the wonderful art from my weekend at the Look Again festival @lookagainfest in Aberdeen. If you’re nearby, there’s still time to catch some exhibitions, talks and events before the festival wraps up this evening – and what could tempt you more than something sweet? James Rigler’s House in the Woods, installed in the Marischal College Quad, is a candy-coloured construction that plays off the architecture of its surroundings. The cherry on top is the ice cream served within: a new gingerbread flavour developed by Mackie’s especially for the festival. Delicious! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #contemporaryart #architecture #sculpture #installationart #jamesrigler #icecream

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Look Again festival @lookagainfest seeks to draw new visitors to the city, but the Flag Up Aberdeen project demonstrates a desire to better connect with the people who live here. Six local design practitioners (all building their careers in Aberdeen) have collected the thoughts and feelings of the public, asking them to reflect on their honest opinions of home, representing the results in colourful flags dotted around the Roof Garden at St. Nicholas. There are common threads in the responses – a sense of miscommunication, of isolation, of a hesitance to speak up and show off – yet it is clear there is also a sincere sense of local pride and enthusiasm for the potential of this thriving, creative city. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #contemporaryart #graphicdesign #illustration #flag #publicart #sociallyengagedart #graysschoolofart

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I-spy, with my one, massive eye…Oor News! Collaborators Gabrielle Reith and Philip Thompson have taken to the streets of Aberdeen to peddle their “real fun fake news”, encouraging the public to look at the city and its goings-on from a playful perspective. Oor News is part of the duo’s ongoing project, Oor Monsters, which uses humour and a unique visual style to poke fun at aspects of everyday life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @lookagainfest #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #oormonsters #oornews #fakenews #newspaper #illustration #graphicdesign #publicart #performanceart #participatoryart

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What does play mean to you? Born from a cross-generational collaboration, DEEP PLAY explores children’s experiences of play and how these relate to wider contexts. Behind the work are two groups: the Imagineers, a group of children whose projects have informed and influenced decision-making in Aberdeen, and Rumpus Room, a collective of artists challenging barriers to participation and engagement in the arts that children and young people face. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @lookagainfest #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #contemporaryart #sociallyengagedart #installationart #painting #sculpture #videoart #imagineers #rumpusroom #peacockvisualarts

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Positive Geographies features the work of six emerging artists from Gray’s School of Art, one year on from their graduation. While the artists have a diversity of interest and approaches, their combined output transforms the repurposed shop unit setting into an immersive landscape of ideas beyond the scope of the city, confidently demonstrating that Aberdeen can hold its own within the wider Scottish contemporary art scene. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @lookagainfest #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #graysschoolofart #positivegeographies #tendencytowards @tendencytowards #contemporaryart #installationart #sculpture #digitalart #performanceart #videoart

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is it possible to be elusive in a hi-vis jacket? David Sherry’s @davidhughsherry new work, Celebrations of Failure, seems to have seamlessly woven itself into the scenes of the city, making its moments of strangeness and surprise all the more satisfying to catch. Sherry plays the role of an unassuming deliveryman consistently having the worst day of his life – will you help him? Will you steer clear? Will you wonder if he knows that he’s just going about it all wrong? I was a bit useless and just asked for a picture. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @lookagainfest #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #contemporaryart #davidsherry #performanceart #celebrationsoffailure #publicart

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With concept and costumes by artist Emily Speed, choreography by Jack Webb and the hard work and talent of a group of young female dancers, Facades/Fronts is a triumph of collaboration and connection. Moving with softness and determination through the harsh granite architecture of the city, the performance reflects on identity, particularly as a woman among sites of patriarchal civic activity. The result is captivating, powerful and strikingly beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @lookagainfest @espeedina @iamjackwebb #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #citymovesdanceagency #performanceart #contemporaryart #contemporarydance #emilyspeed #jackwebb #facadesfronts

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#instagramtakeover by @fk.art ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last but certainly not least on my whirlwind tour of Aberdeen’s artistic offerings is the Gray’s Degree Show. I was lucky enough to visit on the opening night, and despite the crowds, the show was a joy to explore, full of fresh ideas and high-quality work across specialisms. Though the festival may have come to an end, degree show runs until Sunday 24th of June and is well worth the visit! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1 & 2: Emma Laing @emmalaingg 3. Chris Farrell @chrisfarrellart 4. Natasha Riddoch 5. Karolina Bachanek @krlbchnk 6. Abby Beatrice Quick 7. Mhairi Stewart 8. Annalisa Merrilees @annalisamerrilees 9. Sarah McGuckin @sarahmcgcknart ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @lookagainfest #lookagainfestival #lookagain2018 #aberdeen #scotland #graysschoolofart #contemporaryart #painting #textiles #fashion #photography #printmaking #sculpture #installationart #videoart

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