272: New art mag for Scotland / Beck's back in the but this time it really is art (Fridaynews, 30 April 2004)

New art magazine to be launched in Scotland

It's long been a pity not to be seeing something CIRCA-like being published in Scotland; that is, it would be great to be getting news, reviews, etc., in a magazine that was primarily devoted to what was happening in Scotland. The free newssheet, Variant , has been doing the job to an extent, but its remit has been much wider than the visual arts.
Last year the Scottish Arts Council put out to tender for proposals for a new visual-arts magazine for the country. The List , the Glasgow- and Edinburgh-based listings magazine ("Scotland's top-selling entertainment, events and lifestyle magazine"), has won the tender, and now it's looking to employ an editor. The specs, copied from their website, are as follows:
This autumn, the publishers of The List are launching a new magazine dedicated to the visual arts. With support from the Scottish Arts Council for an initial three-year period, the quarterly publication has the opportunity to be the most influential art magazine ever published in Scotland. But in order to succeed, we need to find an editor of the highest calibre.
We are looking for a journalist with a very sound knowledge of the international contemporary art scene, and at least three years' experience in writing and editing in a magazine or newspaper environment. Above all, we are looking for someone capable of discussing art in a way both appeals both to artists and non-professionals.
If you're the right candidate you will provide the inspiration for the magazine's editorial strategy, oversee its launch, and manage a small team of editorial and production staff. Based at The List's offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, you will work closely with the magazine's publisher to create a vibrant and viable publication.

More here .

Organic video art wins Beck's Futures prize

compiled by Susan García
A video piece by Saskia Olde Wolbers has won the £24,000 Beck's Futures art prize. The 33-year-old was handed the cheque by Yoko Ono Wednesday night at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The artist, who was born in the Netherlands but is based in London, makes surrealistic videos with fantastical overtones.

A still from Interloper 2003 by Saskia Olde Wolbers, image held here

Interloper (2003), the work showing at the ICA, contains a mysterious first-person narrative delivered by a man in a coma following a car crash, who believes he is a doctor. The visuals describe curious organic shapes. "You think you are watching biological forms, such as cellular development in the body," explains Philip Dodd, ICA director. "The images conjure up 1950s sci-fi movies - the pods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, perhaps."
The video was actually shot underwater in a children's paddling pool. Olde Wolbers loosely based her work on a real story of a man who posed as a doctor for the World Health Organisation, deluding his wife and family and finally killing both them and himself.
Mark Dion, the American sculptor and installation artist, said: "If anyone were to have told me I would be one of the judges awarding a prize to a narrative video, I would have scoffed. However, the excellence of Saskia's work completely won me over."
Wolber's competitors included Tonico Lemos Auad, who showed recently at Project in Dublin; he's the one who sculpts rabbits from carpet fluff and draws faces on bananas - see our review here .