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Samstag, 20. März 2021

The Architecture of Peter Womersley in the Scottish Borders


Video; 33.11 min.
Camera, editing, research, text, sound, voice: Julia Zinnbauer; Scotland 2020

In 2020 I spent the summer and early autumn as an artist in residence at the MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, in the South of Scotland. In this context I started researching about the English architect Peter Womersley, who lived and worked almost all his life in Galashiels, a town in the Scottish Borders.

In the late 1950s Womersley transported the idea of the modernist bungalow to this rather rural area and also built several Brutalist buildings, like e.g. the Gala Fairydean Stands. I travelled to Galashiels twice in order to visit as many of Womersley's buildings as I could reach by bycicle. I took photos and videos and also recorded interviews with people who had a personal relationship with Womersley and his architecture.

Peter Womersley's best friend was the textile designer Bernat Klein, for whom he designed a bungalow in the late 1950s and a studio close by in the early 1970s. This artist friendship is a beautiful link between modernist architecture and the textile tradition of the South of Scotland, so it was important to me that two outfits designed by Klein were part of my video. Moreover I embedded the whole story in the landscape as well as the literature of this area, as it was in Galashiels where the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott had lived in the 19th century. 


Mittwoch, 3. März 2021

PINHOLE COMPUTERS - An inevitable musical calamity of Matt Hulse and Julia Zinnbauer



PINHOLE COMPUTERS is the name of an art and music performance duo whose members are Julia Zinnbauer (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Matt Hulse (London, UK).

The two artists met in February 2018 in Düsseldorf during the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, where Hulse had been invited to exhibit work at the WP5 Gallery. During that week, the pair collaborated on an entirely new performance video installation, presented in the Glashaus on Worringer Platz, called SPACEFALL. Together Hulse and Zinnbauer shot a video on the Worringer Platz in Düsseldorf, a large square that is said to be the ugliest and dirtiest area of the whole city. Their aim was to find beauty in this space as well as to articulate a general love for neglected spaces. 

A link to an excerpt from the video you can find here, as well as a further description and Thomas Frank's article for the Westdeutsche Zeitung Düsseldorf.

PINHOLE COMPUTERS formed during the first period of 'lockdown'. The early works (spoken word and music) were created remotely, and montaged digitally.

The pair met again in person in Scotland in the summer of 2020 (during Zinnbauer's artist-in-residence at MERZ Gallery, Sanquhar) and they created and filmed a short performance, exploring semaphore (with self-made flags) and the idea of 'remote signalling'.

This video was posted immediately after midnight of New Year's Eve 2020, just moments after the UK's official departure from the EU. This was intended as a poetic first step towards keeping the creative connections between the UK and Germany alive.

For the time being, as the pandemic continues, we consider PINHOLE COMPUTERS' Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/pinholecomputers/?hl=de) to be our primary platform for showcasing our work and ideas. Morover, in recent weeks works by Pinhole Computers have been part of several radio shows in England, Scotland, Finland and Germany.