Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious

The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow City, Glasgow, 10/13/2012 - 12/15/2012


This exhibition by British artists Olivia Plender brings together a series of room-sized installations which include sculpture, banners, posters, board games, architectural models and video. Devised as a 'museum of communication', these thematically organised rooms focus on Plender's research into how attitudes towards mass education have evolved over time.

Drawing on examples such as the educational remit of the BBC, the modern Spiritualist movement in the early 20th century and the 1924 British Empire Exhibition, Plender explores such ideas as work ethic and trade and experimental arts education in the UK.

With its strong architectural dimension, involving the construction of platforms and models and its emphasis on play and game-like structures, the exhibition invites participation whilst focusing on how social roles and models of society have been constructed over the last few hundred years.

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