GWW and visual culture are well represented at this month’s May Festival at the University of Aberdeen, with events exploring identity and migration among Aberdeen’s oil community; the sounds and visions of the city; and the art of performance. Special screenings will showcase the work of film students, and there is a May Festival Director’s Cut with Roger Mitchell, director of Notting Hill.
In the exhibition Home Truths, curated by Clémence O’Connor and staged in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, photographer John Perivolaris and visual artist Geneviève Guétemme will show work on the expats who come to Aberdeen with the oil industry, and how their migration raises questions about the nature and location of home. Perivolaris will also be taking part in Material City, which returns to the May Festival for a second year. Running over the festival weekend, the event invites members of the public to roam across the city taking photos and exploring its distinctive layers of history and architecture. New for this year will be the opportunity to record the sounds of the city and to contribute to the on-going Aberdeen soundsites project by Professor of Music, Pete Stollery.
The Art of Performance, organised by Amy Bryzgel and Adrienne Janus, will involve a series of short performances exploring different aspects of the art, as well as a roundtable discussion on the subject. Alongside the May Festival Director’s Cut with Roger Mitchell, University of Aberdeen film students will be showing and discussing a series of short films made as part of their studies.
The May Festival takes place over the weekend of 29-31 May.