In February 2012, the University of Edinburgh joined forces with the Glasgow Film Festival to create a special event entiteld Weimarvellous about the cabaret movement of the Weimar Republic. As part of this, Susan Kemp collaborated with a group of sound designers known as Synchresis to create Glasgow: Symphony of a Great City, a live film event that took its inspiration from the legendary 1927 film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City.
Fiona wrote a series of poems entitled Twelve Polaroids: Glasgow and Environs to accompany the film.
The Stasi Are Among Us was a 2011 collaboration between the Glasgow Film Festival and the University of Edinburgh organised by Susan Kemp in conjunction with Laura Bradley and Fiona Rintoul. It explored the very different experiences of four filmmakers who worked under the watchful gaze of the Stasi, the unpredictable East German censor.
During the two-day event, five films made by the East German film studio DEFA but later banned were screened at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow alongside a 2009 documentary about alternative East German culture entitled Claiming space: staging independent exhibitions in the GDR (Behauptung des Raumes: Wege unabhängiger Ausstellungskultur in der DDR). The film directors took part in panel discussions, and two East German writers, Gabriele Stötzer and Johannes Jansen, whose work had been translated and published in Glasgow-based Gutter magazine to coincide with the event read at a closing party.
words 2008 was a collaboration based on new writing from the Creative Writing MLitt programme at Glasgow University. It was organised by Lucy Adams, Susan Kemp, Fiona Rintoul and Adrian Searle in conjunction with public artist Nicola Atkinson.
The focus of the collaboration was the words 2008 exhibition, which took place at the Mitchell Library from 9-13 September. The exhibition was unique in that it took the normally solitary process of writing out into the public domain. By so doing, words 2008 sought both to promote new literary talent in Scotland and to engage a wide range of people with contemporary writing.
The exhibition’s goal was to involve as wide a cross-section of the public as possible with the creative process and with the writers, who were on hand to share the skills they’d learnt at the Edwin Morgan Centre with the wider community through a series of prose and poetry workshops, readings and writer-in-residence slots.
In addition, the exhibition featured a half-hour film about new writers directed and produced by former BBC producer Susan Kemp. There was also a reading room featuring an extensive collection of as yet unpublished work by new writers on the Glasgow University MLitt, a writing room where … Read More »