GELWANE is commissioned by The Mutual as part of The Mutual Charter in association with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012
21 April – 7 May 2012
10.30 – 18.00
Speirs Locks alongside the Glue Factory G4 9SE
Dr Colleen Batey, University of Glasgow
Dr Victoria Whitworth, University of Nottingham
Mr Andrew Jennings, Centre for Nordic Studies
The Nordic Horizons Grou
Jon Østergaard Eilenberg
A furore followed in which the internet was swamped with speculation about the meaning of the word and the identity of the vandal. It was eventually revealed the word was meaningless and the graffiti the work of a fourteen year old boy. But the incident inspired Denmark-based Rasmus Baek and Glasgow-based Emmie McLuskey to embark on an investigation into the visual legacy of the Vikings in Scotland and Denmark, interrogating the Viking myth along with contemporary perceptions of the Norse raiders.
The Mutual Charter for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012 provides a platform for this process. With issues of Scottish independence and a Baltic-North Sea union prominent in current affairs, Baek and McLuskey’s project aims to explore the historical point of contact between the two countries.
The artists intend to erect a life size model of the ‘Gelwane’ Jelling Stone in Glasgow’s Speirs Locks. Exploring the story through performance, sculptural installation and a video work to be screened throughout the city at the four Mutual Charter Muster Points scattered throughout the city.
The performance will take place on Saturday 28th April from 6- 7pm. It is described by the artists as; “A gathering of Nordic enthusiasts to eat meat, debate and dance. A small fire pit situated next to the Gelwane Jellingstone Sculpture with small burning poles to light up the area, a Viking style stew will be served and guests will be encouraged to partake in the debating of their future.”