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The Glas­gow School of Art hasn’t had its trou­bles to seek of late. But life goes on. Art schools are not al­ways about build­ings. Peo­ple make Glas­gow, so the slo­gan goes, but peo­ple also make the Glas­gow School of Art. De­spite hav­ing been ham­pered by ac­cess­ing their work, some 400 post­grad­u­ate stu­dents in a host of dis­ci­plines have been work­ing through­out the sum­mer on their de­gree shows.

This year’s Grad­u­ate De­gree Show presents a fizz of cre­ative en­ergy on an in­dus­trial scale. The Ton­tine Build­ing on Tron­gate fea­tures 100 stu­dents from fine art, cre­ative prac­tices and cu­ra­to­rial prac­tice along with School of Sim­u­la­tion and

Vi­su­al­i­sa­tion Sound for the Mov­ing Im­age. The nearby Gar­ment Fac­tory plays host to 300 stu­dents from the De­sign School, School of Sim­u­la­tion and Vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, Mack­in­tosh School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and In­no­va­tion School.

If you are in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ments in con­tem­po­rary art prac­tice, this is one to see. As post­grad­u­ate stu­dents, there is a pol­ish to the shows not al­ways present in un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree shows. In fine art, I spot­ted sev­eral themes emerg­ing: Me Too and gen­der is­sues are ex­am­ined in depth, as is the thorny is­sue of dig­i­tal data and where it goes.

There are a few shows which carry an “ex­plicit con­tent” warn­ing too.

I loved Tinja Ru­usvuori’s dig­i­tal de­pic­tion of a jour­ney to the af­ter­life. She in­vites view­ers to climb aboard the rick­ety chas­sis of an old mo­tor­bike where­upon a dis­em­bod­ied GPS sat-nav guides you to obliv­ion.

The Glas­gow School of Art Grad­u­ate De­gree Show 2018, http://www.gsa.ac.uk/life/gsa-events/ events/g/grad­u­ate-de­gree-show-2018. Fine Art + Sound for the Mov­ing Im­age, Ton­tine Build­ing, 20 Tron­gate, Glas­gow, G1 5ES and Ar­chi­tec­ture, De­sign, Sim­u­la­tion + Vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, In­no­va­tion, The Gar­ment Fac­tory, 10 Mon­trose Street, Glas­gow, G1 1RE, un­til to­mor­row, 10am-5pm, free

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