V&A Dundee looks set to come alive this month as it hosts the latest edition of a two-day ‘festival of art historical research’. RES|FEST x Dundee is a quick-fire compendium of talks, performances and participatory events that aims to put the audience at the centre of the gallery experience, and have them experience as much art as possible in an engaging environment.
Speakers from the visual art world include artists Mick Peter and Dalziel + Scullion, who will each present bite-size ten-minute provocations alongside ones from representatives of V&A Dundee, Dundee Contemporary Arts and The Courtauld Institute of Art. The latter organisation has presented previous iterations of RES|FEST in London and Belfast.
Music is provided by Cat Hepburn and Nadine Jassat, a radical reimagining of the Courtauld’s collection comes in Queering the Cannon, an installation by drag artist Rujazzle, and a DJ set by Sarra Wild will follow. There will also be a tour of V&A Dundee’s current exhibition, Hello Robot.
On Saturday, families can take part in various workshops, pop-up tours and discussions hosted by researchers from The Courtauld and V&A Dundee, who will use research from the night before to encourage audiences to engage with art and art history. Textile Designer Lucy Robertson, will host a Sonic Textile Garden, while jewellery maker and design researcher Katharina Vones will demonstrate how to create jewellery using a 3D printer.
RES|FEST x Dundee takes place at V&A Dundee, 29th November, 7-10pm and 30th November, noon-4pm. All events are free, though booking is advised for Friday. Booking is not required for Saturday.
Scottish Art News online, November 19th 2019