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A view looking down a stone spiral staircase. A pair of trainers is on a step.

Personal Space

Personal Space

Performance at the top of Glasgow University’s bell tower, inverting the territorial sound sound of the bell as it marks out space of the city and regulates (supposedly) student behaviour.

Walking to work, buying groceries, cleaning the toilet, sipping a pint at your local boozer….. it’s the mundane little everyday things/ situations in life which shape who we are and which (in)directly influence what we do/create. So what is it that makes Glaswegian noisemakers make their noises? This year we’ve invited a handful of artists with strong ties to Glasgow to take us to the places in & around the city which they feel influence them & their art as part of the Personal Space section of the festival.

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Glasgow Improvisers Aileen and Neil live roughly equal distances from the Glasgow University bell tower, the tolling of whose bell can be heard all over the west end of Glasgow. It is a territorial sound which marks out space in that part of the city and regulates (supposedly) student behaviour, attending classes and so on. The bell is an evocative sound and Aileen & Neil want to get inside the structure of the sound in its environment rather than imitate it or simulate it. Confusing the realms between rehearsal and performance, public and private space, Aileen and Neil will restage aspects of their bell tower visit at the INSTAL CLUB. Personal Space & Instal Club curated with Ail Robertson of Giant Tank.

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9 images, 2 audio
Audio (Outside the Belltower)
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Audio (Inside the Belltower)
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a guitarist and singer perform at the top of the Glasgow University Bell Tower

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

a guitarist and singer perform at the top of the Glasgow University Bell Tower

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

A jacket leather hanging on a wall inside Glasgow University bell tower

▴ Credit: Neil Davidson

Neil and Aileen setting up inside the Bell Tower of Glasgow University

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Aileen Campbell sings in a bell tower, facing the floor

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Aileen sings in a tower facing away from the photographer

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Neil sitting down near a wall of a bell tower holding a guitar

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Aileen looking down a spiral staircase with a camera

▴ Credit: Neil Davidson

A view looking down a stone spiral staircase. A pair of trainers is on a step.

▴ Credit: Neil Davidson

a guitarist and singer perform at the top of the Glasgow University Bell Tower

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

a guitarist and singer perform at the top of the Glasgow University Bell Tower

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

A jacket leather hanging on a wall inside Glasgow University bell tower

▴ Credit: Neil Davidson

Neil and Aileen setting up inside the Bell Tower of Glasgow University

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Aileen Campbell sings in a bell tower, facing the floor

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Aileen sings in a tower facing away from the photographer

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Neil sitting down near a wall of a bell tower holding a guitar

▴ Credit: Barry Esson

Aileen looking down a spiral staircase with a camera

▴ Credit: Neil Davidson

A view looking down a stone spiral staircase. A pair of trainers is on a step.

▴ Credit: Neil Davidson