Is Europe House in Westminster the last building to display both UK and EU flags, after Teresa May sent her letter last month seeking a new relationship with the EU?
Scotland and Europe have been united through culture as selected third year students from the Glasgow School of Art display their work on the theme of “What You See Now Is The Future”, as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the foundation of what has become the EU.
At the introductory evening, the point was strongly-made that universities are international institutions with international students and staff. The work on display from the Glasgow School of Art has been prepared by students from Scotland, England. China, Estonia, Poland and other countries. Many of these students will stay in Glasgow and contribute to its vibrant life as an international city of the arts. Glasgow wishes to stay in Europe and wishes to stay an international city.
The works cross many boundaries. Maya Holliss’ watery images move from the west coast of Scotland to the River Po in Italy, Zhiliang Jin esplores the inner identity of individuals, in particular the differences which people express in terms of gender between their outside personality and their real inner selves, Jonny and Jordan Kirkwood play with the Glasgow dialect to bring fun, wit, humanity and understanding to the difficulties of living with autism, while Declan Malone expresses his frustration as a young person in the modern world where people fabricate characters in order to copy with the dysfunctional social and economical situations that they have to live in.
Flannery O’kafka creates images to represent the endless and continual suffering of parts of parts of society while Jens Masimov explores the external identity of objects, textiles and other materials and the influence that they might have on individuals and Ruudu Ulas juxtaposes empty forlong images of local authority offices sitting empty across Scotland on Sundays with headlines from the Scottish Television newsfeed. The question for both of these faceless modes of representation is where are the people and how will they change things – perhaps a link here to the politics of the moment?