The Department at Skypark by Giulia Colletti, is a project that invites selected Glasgow School of Art students to explore the aspects of care, intimacy, and warmth of Skypark and how these affect tenants’ and staff’s experience of work. The Department is the second of four projects taking place this summer as part of Skypark’s Curatorial Fellowship 2019 with The Glasgow School of Art, to nurture artistic talent.
Giulia Colletti, Curator of The Department at Skypark said: “The Department is a fictitious temporary division of Skypark that is managed by the Glasgow School of Art students with the specific responsibility of taking the invisible labour in the building as the space of their research. The Department also represents an attempt to unveil unnoticed spatial and social boundaries and create benefits for everyone involved by injecting a more critical awareness of the realm of care within the one of business.
Rosa Farber a performer and writer who collaborated with four of Skypark’s cleaning and maintenance staff – Karen Lackie, Charlene Thomson, Daniella Cathcart and Maria Kolpacka – together they have produced a song called ‘Charlie 1 2 3 4’, that depicts the work and rhythmic sounds that routinely pass through the building and their minds while they are working. Using the context of Skypark, the piece aims to bring attention to their work and to ask people visiting the exhibition to consider roles in society, such as cleaning, that renew or redeem spaces that are thought of as dirty or abject. Rosa led a singing workshop whereby the staff learned the songs and chants that she produced after observing their work. For the final exhibition, the edited song was available to listen to through portable MP3 players as audience members toured the sites at Skypark. Listen here:
Martina Morger & Giacinta Frisillo worked as an artistic duo, collaborating with Skypark’s personal trainer to investigate body language and hidden labour in relationship with the corporate world. View the videos below…
Music: Jellyfish Bloom Suite by Big Voyage (Circus Records, London)