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Alex Hetherington


I sustain a visual art practice (with an emphasis on the moving image, performance and sculpture) through various positions as artist, curator and writer, and often work under a title or pseudonym, for example Modern Edinburgh Film School, Neon John, No.35 and ‘The Men and Women are referred to in the text as’.

Recent projects include Five Propositions for LUX Scotland at the CCA, >>FFWD with Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Contemporary Scottish Art in China, a screening installation at Shanghai Minsheng Museum and two adjunct screenings, The Hallucinating Edge at Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing and Pure Movement, K11 Art Foundation, Wuhan. Recent writing includes Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2016 at Tramway, Glasgow, Edinburgh Artists Moving Image Festival 2016, Helen McCrorie’s The Clock in Commune for Edinburgh Art Festival, and for the online journal This Is Tomorrow, Rob Kennedy at Talbot Rice Gallery, Of Other Spaces; When does gesture become event?, Cooper Gallery, and the 11th Shanghai Biennale Why Not Ask Again? curated by Raqs Media Collective.

Modern Edinburgh Film School produced a series of works and projects in 2013 across Edinburgh on the subject of film and sculpture including Ute Aurand: FILME at Stills, The Slow-Wave and Videotheque at Talbot Rice Gallery, The Hand that Holds the Desert Down, April Set: Sarah Forrest, Anthony Schrag and Zoë Fothergill, Lauren Gault: Granular and Crumb and Hold This Object Up Until There is Nothing Left of You at ESW, Green Screen at Embassy Gallery, 6000 Posters for Giants and Dwarfs at Rhubaba Gallery, and The Good Work at New Media Scotland, as well as a short residency at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. In 2014 it produced The Silver River and the National Review of Live Art, at Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow for Atelier Public 2 programmed as part of Glasgow International and the publication of artists’ interviews “A New Island Forming” for Annuale at Embassy Gallery and finished the year with the experimental writing publication Queer Information. In 2015 it produced the exhibition, print and screening project MOTHS at Summerhall, Edinburgh; the film programme, A Poetic Measurement, for Ripples on the Pond at GoMA Glasgow and at off-site locations at GSS, Old Hairdressers and CCA and a publication project for Scottish Art News on Lauren Printy Currie, Jessica Ramm, Lyndsay Mann and Kirsty Hendry.

In 2016 it screened an event on the films of Elín Jakobsdóttir for CCA, Glasgow and produced the publication –Rerecording – on its archive, funded by an Edinburgh Visual Art award, with an essay by Glasgow-based artist Richard Taylor.