Calvin Z. Laing
Calvin & Jogging, 2020
Live Broadcast: Each Thursday 7pm & Saturday 11am
Calvin Z. Laing (whose film Calvin & Metro, featured in our 2012 programme) revisits the neighbourhood of his childhood in the suburbs of Edinburgh to present a new online performance Calvin & Jogging, filmed by Jen Martin.
Laing performs live from the suburb of Drylaw, built in the 1950s on land surrounding the historic mansion of Drylaw House, and one of a several new suburbs to be built in Edinburgh in the post-war period. We follow the artist as he revisits the suburban landscapes of his youth, and mixes musings on his personal experience of lockdown with reminiscences of a time before the pandemic. Humorously unpicking the tropes of news reportage and documentary, Laing explores the emotional complexities of lockdown, which has for many resulted in a return to the family home and/or associated memories, as well as the chance to take up new pursuits (which we might long ago have realised were not for us).
In a specially produced trailer with music by Alex Johnston, we glimpse snippets of the idiosyncratic and colourful script, which underpin all of artist’s performances, and which are often exhibited alongside film documentation.
Calvin & Jogging will be broadcast every Thursday at 7pm and every Saturday at 11am on this webpage, from the 30 July – 30 August.
Calvin Z. Laing
Calvin & Jogging (trailer), 2020
This series of responses has been made possible thanks to the support of the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
Full selection of artist responses is available here.
Calvin Z. Laing (born 1988) currently lives and works in Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 with BA Sculpture. Selected performances, screenings and events include: Calvin & Tiredness, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Folly, David Dale Gallery and Studios, Glasgow, UK (2017); Citizen, Chisenhale Dance Space; An evening with Calvin & Steph, Hotel Elephant, London (2015); Linking, Linking Arms, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2015); WADE IN - WADE IN - WADE IN, Formalism Refreshed, Eastern Edge Gallery, St Johns, CA (2015); IMAGE MIRAGE IAMAGE, Moana Project Space, Perth, AU (2014); Global Internet Talks, Art Licks Weekend, Studio Parlor, London (2014).
30 July – 30 August
Thursday 7pm & Saturday 11am