SCAN Decades: ‘I love you, you pay my rent’ with Dont Rhine, Kirsten Lloyd and Emma Saunders


Thu, 23 February 2023



Glasgow Women's Library - 23 Landressy Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow G40 1BP

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Cost: Free


Type: Talk

Left: Dont Rhine; centre: Kirsten Lloyd, photo courtesy Neil Hanna; right: Emma Saunders.

Join SCAN for a conversation about the complex interfaces of contemporary art and the global housing crisis with Los Angeles-based artist and organiser Dont Rhine, curator and lecturer Kirsten Lloyd, and Emma Saunders, National Organiser with Living Rent. Artists, art workers and culture have long flourished where housing is affordable and the cost of living low. As economic hardship intensifies and cultural life seems increasingly instrumentalised by developers, this session asks what’s at stake amidst unchecked gentrification and how resistance might be imagined.


Kirsten Lloyd is a Senior Lecturer in the School of History of Art at The University of Edinburgh and an organiser with Living Rent (Leith Branch). She has taught, presented and published on the topic of contemporary art and housing from a feminist perspective, including a chapter on Martha Rosler’s 1989 exhibition ‘If You Lived Here…’ (2017) in the book Feminism and Art History Now. Kirsten is a Research Fellow with the ‘Feminism, Art, Maintenance’ (2019 – 2022) project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, and the Academic Lead for the University’s Contemporary Art Research Collection. She is currently working on the next phase of the collaborative exhibition and research project Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism with Glasgow Women’s Library and a book called Contemporary Art and Capitalist Life.

Dont Rhine is a Los Angeles–based artist, organiser and popular educator. He is a member of the international sound art collective, Ultra-red, which he co-founded in 1994. He began his political education in ACT UP Los Angeles and then the needle exchange, Clean Needles Now, presently Community Health Project Los Angeles, founded in 1992. Since 2015, he has been a founding organizer of the L.A. Tenants Union. In 2023 Ultra-red will publish the first issue of their own journal on militant sound inquiry through Rab-Rab Press in Helsinki.

Emma Saunders is a community organiser and geographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was a founding member of Living Rent, Scotland’s tenants’ union, and is currently the national organiser for the union, supporting members to build local branches and national campaigns to fight for genuinely affordable, quality and secure housing. Emma was previously a labour organiser in France supporting precarious workers to organise in their workplace, wrote a PhD on international labour solidarity and took part in a collective fighting against slum clearances notably involving visual and performance artists.


Marking our first ten years of activity by looking to the next ten years, DECADES is SCAN’s new programme of free conversational events. Matching friends, collaborators and alumni in Scotland with the thinkers, activists and organisers who inspire them, each 90-minute event will centre an issue prescient to the lives of artists, art workers and the wider public.

We know that the past few years have seen our contemporary art community work harder than ever in navigating the compound challenges of COVID-19, Brexit and an unfolding cost of living crisis. DECADES marks a conscientious pivot for SCAN, making a space away from the present tense to envisage futures with expertise summoned from across disciplines, experiences and borders.

DECADES is an invitation to think laterally about the world we want to build and what tools we’ll need to do so. With topics expected to include the future of arts education, artists and the housing crisis, new visions for civic space and institutional power, each event will ask what conditions are needed to make a liveable world for all and a thriving environment for contemporary art in Scotland.

DECADES will take place over a number of weeknight sessions, online and in venues across Scotland, between February and April 2023.


The venue is located in the East End of Glasgow with good public transport connections, we encourage participants and attendees to travel sustainably.

The Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the mezzanine and archive.

There are power-assisted doors in to the Main Library space, from the Main Library to the lift, and from the lift and Gallery to the Community Room.

Please note that Bridgeton train station is currently not wheelchair-accessible. The closest wheelchair-accessible station is Dalmarnock Station, which is approximately 3/4 mile (1.2 km) from the Library. There is level access from nearby bus stops on London Road and Bridgeton Cross to the Library.

More information about accessibility at Glasgow Women’s Library can be found here:

The room is accessible from street level by for those with mobility needs.

This event will be live captioned.


We are able to offer a small number of travel bursaries. To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with a note of your travel costs and circumstances by 15th February 2023.


Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.

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