Frances Scott, Another way of reading residency and exhibition

Frances Scott, Another way of reading residency and exhibition


As part of the Infinite City public programme artist Frances Scott is undertaking a micro-residency engaging with the local area. She has been invited to work with the art collections, archives and physical spaces of the Zabludowicz Collection and Swiss Cottage Library to produce a new evolving art project, Another way of reading.

Informed by the physical and social contexts she encounters, Scott's practice explores the ways in which experiences are transmitted between people, places and things and takes the form of moving image, performance and events. Primarily based at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery for the duration of the residency, she will investigate how the environments of both institutions might be understood using different forms of knowledge, from the rational to the mystical. Her research will engage local residents, library users and staff, alongside specialists from different disciplines such as architects, lip-readers and astrologers. Together they will consider the unique architecture of Swiss Cottage library, the Zabludowicz Collection and the city more broadly, as spaces to be read and as intuitive sites to be sensed.

Throughout the residency Scott's research will be made visible to the public in a series of live events, film screenings, exhibitions and displays. These will activate the spaces at Swiss Cottage Library, the Zabludowicz Collection and the city neighbourhood in-between, suggesting alternative ways to encounter them.

Scott's residency is a partnership between the Zabludowicz Collection and London Borough of Camden. It builds on the current exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection, Infinite City, which was developed in collaboration with the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco. Infinite City features works by nine artists, drawn equally from each collection, to examine the city as material, site, and situation for the contemporary lived experience. The residency also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Swiss Cottage Library, a Grade II listed building of architectural significance, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in 1964.

Scott's recent projects include NOCTURNES, a two month research-residency working with night-shift workers in Finsbury Park, commissioned by AIR Central Saint Martins and Islington Council. In 2012 she presented THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES: Distance Readers, film episodes transmitted on local council and BBC information screens for b-side festival, Weymouth and which toured to cinemas and galleries including Nottingham Contemporary, FACT Liverpool, CCA Glasgow, and the Whitechapel, London, as part of Selected III, curated by FLAMIN with Jarman Award nominees.


Entry to all exhibitions and events is FREE.

31 March – 11 May
Exhibition: Another way of reading

At Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
Scott has selected a single artwork from Camden's Art Collection and the Zabludowicz Collection, for display together at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery. The exhibition reflects the connections between the two organisations, as well as the different perspectives on cities offered by both. Scott has juxtaposed artworks that broadly explore perceptions of place, time and memory and these ideas will inform her research. The exhibition includes Derek Jarman's Plague Street (1972), from Camden's Art Collection, which is a pen and ink drawing in almost 'anamorphic' format, depicting a dense built environment or landscape of ruins. This is paired with Allora & Calzadilla's How to Appear Invisible (2009), a single channel video projection with sound, from the Zabludowicz Collection that documents the last remains of the Palast der Republik being torn down in Berlin in 2008.

Sunday 6 April, 2 – 4pm
Artist's presentation: Talk, walk and exhibition tour with artist Frances Scott and guests

Starts at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
Frances Scott talks about her residency at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery, followed by a short walk to the Zabludowicz Collection for a tour of the current exhibition, Infinite City. Guest contributors include artist Jonathan Murphy and Zabludowicz Collection Public Programme curator, Kelly Large. More...

Thursday 24 April, 7 - 9pm
Film screening: Another way of reading

At the Zabludowicz Collection
Frances Scott hosts a screening of short films exploring ideas and experiences of the city, including works selected from the Zabludowicz Collection. More...

Monday 28 April, 12 - 8pm
Live broadcast: We interrupt this transmission

At Swiss Cottage Library
A live broadcast by CATALOG which is a collaborative project between artists Frances Scott and Joyce Cronin, using material from Swiss Cottage Library. More...

Saturday 3 May, 2 - 5pm
Families Create drop-in workshop: Another way of reading

At Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
A drop in art workshop for families using the unusual architecture of Swiss Cottage Library and the Another way of reading as inspiration, led by artists Frances Scott and Effie Coe. Suitable for children aged 3 and above accompanied by an adult. More...

Sunday 11 May, 2 - 4pm
Closing event: Another way of reading

At Swiss Cottage Library Gallery
Another way of reading culminates in this live event by Frances Scott that draws upon her research, experiences and encounters over the course of the residency. More...

Swiss Cottage Library Gallery details:

Swiss Cottage Library
88 Avenue Rd
NW3 3H

Opening times:
Mon-Thu 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4pm