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Blacklist
Lucy Parker

15 November – 6 December 2015
Fri–Sun, 12—5pm or by appointment

Artist Filmmaker Lucy Parker is in residence at Rhubaba to reflect on her year-long research into the experiences of blacklisted construction workers and to work towards the production of a film.The residency will culminate in a presentation of her research, including filmed discussions with blacklisted workers, constructed scenes and reference material.

Between 1993 and 2009, the UK based Consulting Association compiled a list of workers and activists who they viewed as a potential threat to the construction industry. Individuals were placed on the blacklist by employers for speaking out about safety conditions on site, being trade union members or working as activists.The blacklist was accessible to construction firms who could purchase the information before deciding whether to employ workers. When the list was uncovered in 2009, 3200 individuals’ files were found.

Lucy Parker’s research explores broader themes of privacy and exclusion, looking at the blacklist as a strategy to exclude potential ‘troublemakers’; its relationship to historical methods of excluding individuals from society under the name of state/ economic security; and how individuals who express their interests or beliefs, risk information being accessed and distributed to their detriment.

Press:
Read Neil Cooper’s article Back to Black in Product
Read a review of Blacklist in The Skinny

 

Residency and Events

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Factory Complex, 2014

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Salt of the Earth, 1954

Residency screenings

27 October – 3 November 2015

Lucy Parker will be in residence at Rhubaba and, as part of her research, will be screening films throughout the week.

Salt of the Earth, 
1954
Tuesday 27 October, 7:30pm 

Factory Complex, 2014 
Tuesday 3 November, 7:30pm

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The History of the Economic League, talk by investigative journalist Mike Hughes

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The History of the Economic League

Sunday 15 November 2015, 3pm

A discursive event with investigative journalist Mike Hughes about the history of the Economic League, freedoms of speech and spying in the work place.

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Endings
Friday 4 December 2015, 6:30pm

Lucy Parker has invited individuals to speak on the subject of endings in relation to their specific fields of interest. The question of what constitutes a satisfactory ending or a sense of resolve is key in the cases of blacklisted constructed workers; after years of being prevented from being able to work, what does fair compensation consist of?

Speakers include legal academic Dr Chloë Kennedy who will speak about legal resolutions, bassoonist and artist Faith Limbrick who will play and discuss closing motifs in classical music and film programmer Peter Taylor who will present a collection of film endings and invite the audience to share endings from their favourite films.

Soup and popcorn will be served.

Chloë is a lecturer at Edinburgh Law School, where she teaches a range of courses on doctrinal and philosophical aspects of criminal law. Her main research interests are the history and theory of law, especially cultural, religious and intellectual influences. She is also interested in the critical potential of legal history. Her research to date has primarily focussed on Scots criminal law, Calvinism and Scottish Enlightenment thought. You can view Chloë’s research activities here and follow her on Twitter at @ChloeJSKennedy.

Faith Limbrick is an artist living and working in Edinburgh and is a committee member at Rhubaba.

Peter Taylor is the Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and a programme advisor for International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2015 he was selected by the Mondriaan Fonds for a research based residency at AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz. Other recent activities include curating programmes for PLASTIK, Ireland’s festival for artists’ moving image and Opacities, an upcoming series of screenings and discursive workshops co-curated with Kathryn Elkin for Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.