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Ailie Rutherford


edinburgh 2006
copenhagen 2010

Ailie Rutherford - ganzfeld telepathy experiment - collage

For transitstation 2010 visitors are invited to take part in Ganzfeld drawing experiments.

Senders on the Left, Receivers on the Right.

Ailie Rutherford - ganzfeld telepathy experiment - drawing

"Imagining the human machine that absorbs those directions, that voice, the light, the space, your dream last night, her smell, his scent, those sweets, and the transformations it makes before going anywhere.
In the middle somewhere, sometime, left or right, Ailie Rutherford is there, trying to make sense of it all, trying to communicate how we make sense of it all, how we transform sensory impressions, desires, dreams, thoughts, ideas, and everything else that flesh is heir to, into coherence and perception, an incommunicable process, starting in the middle, somewhere, sometime, that nevertheless demands to be communicated, trying to hold open the doors of perception in order to see how we make sense of it all, and there we are, sensual, desirous, dreamy, thoughtful, a million different people from one moment to the next, filtering our impressions, left or right, trying to make sense of it, trying to evaluate an incommunicable process that nevertheless demands to be communicated, recording, registering all that incommunication, all those impressions, desires, dreams, thoughts and ideas, all that imperception, all that incoherence, a process that is only ever in the middle...."

David Hill (2006)

Residencies and Commissions
2008/09   The Fifth Floor commissioned work with Jessie Blindell and International Festival, Tate Liverpool
2007   The Museum of Uninteresting Objects with Manchester Museum and Liverpool Conservation Centre
2006   Artpad, created with and inhabited by young people at Tate Liverpool
Artist in Residence at CheethamHill Community school, Manchester
2005   Artist in Residence at Context Gallery, Derry
2002   Artist in Residence at Wheelock Old School, Wheelock, Cheshire
Artist in Residence at Welfare State International, Cumbria
Exhibitions and Events
solo ones    
2008   New Books and Boxes, Aldham Robarts Library, Liverpool
Ganzfeld installation, Metal pavilion, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool
2007   Drawing on Dreams, Blue Oyster, Dunedin, New Zealand
2005   Explorations into Communication, Total Kunst, Edinburgh
2000   Solo show at project room, Collective gallery, Edinburgh
group ones    
2009   Place, Identity, Memory, Gracefield Arts, Dumfries
2008   Off the Shelf, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
2007   LAB 07 at ICA, London
Altered Books, Chapham Gallery, MMU, Manchester
2006   transitstation, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
Round One Way and Made in Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
2005   Resident at Context Gallery, Derry
Radio Taxi internet and radio broadcast from taxis in Cambridge
2004   LAB 04 at ICA, London
April Meetings international festival of expanded media, SKC, Belgrade
20 group show at Chapman Gallery, Salford University, Salford
2003   siroka staza interenet art colony, Serbia
Islington People Digital Art, Film Workshop, Islington, London
We Live in the Flicker sound installation for IDEA at Brown Brothers, Salford
multimedia show at Dom Kultura, Brcko and Mostar Intercultural Festival
MAX5, The Foundry, Hoxton, London
2002   Nothing Serious short film festival, Cube cinema, Bristol
Multiplicity, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada
Genies and Other Bottled Creatures, Generator, Dundee
Dundee Print Exhibition, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dunde
2001   Square Foot”Glasgow Independent Studios, Glasgow
curated 14x14 group show at Mafuji gallery, London
Games Room interactive group show at Out of the Blue, Edinburgh
TV220, Kox Communications, Rhode Island, New York
2000   Sum of Parts multiples exhibition, Fruitmarket gallery, Edinburgh
2009 - 2010   currently studying for Master of Civic Design at University of Liverpool
2005 - 2006   PGCE in Further Education at University of Central Lancaster
2004   Postgraduate Engaged Arts Practice course at Salford University
2003 - 2004   MA Media Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University
1995 -1999   BA(Hons2.1) Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art
Published work
Uncovering Concepts  in Through the Looking Glass: Reflective Practice in Post Compulsory Education, 2007
Selected Projects and Commissions
The Fifth Floor at Tate Liverpool
(with Jessie Blindell and International Festival)
2008/2009: A series of events and performances in the gallery, underpinned by ideas drawn from individuals and groups around the city.
Making It Up, Liverpool Biennial Learning and Inclusion team
2008: Youth documentary project, screened at Liverpool Biennial 2008
Spooky Kenny, METAL Culture and Kensington Fields Community Centre, Liverpool
2008: Ghost hunting and book project, with young people and local residents
The Museum of Uninteresting Objects, with Manchester Museums and Liverpool Conservation Centre
2007: Museum catalogue book project and temporary collections in Manchester and Liverpool schools
Artist in Residence, Context Gallery and Greater Shantallow Community Arts, Derry
2005: Documentary film project with young people, screened at boxing club transformed into temporary cinema
'Speaking of the River', Greencastle Maritime Mueum, Derry and Donegal
2005: Collaborative work with local communities and museum, mapping rural and urban environments, North and South of the border
Freelance Artist, Powwow, Ecological Network, Manchester
2004: Susutainable building project with young people in Plattfields park. Interactive workshops at Green Architectural Conference, CUBE gallery, Manchester
Freelance Artist/Educator, Artists in Education, Salford
2003/2004: Workshops for staff and pupils in Barton Moss school, mapping the school to develop proposals for school renovations
'Rugaim?', Wilkie House, Edinburgh funded by the RIAS
2003: Artists and young people worked together to transform disused city centre building, creating installation, performance events and website
Freelance Artist/Educator. TATE, Liverpool
Since 2005: Devising, planning, researching and delivering education programs within and outside the gallery
Tutor, Wigan and Leigh College, Wigan
2005/2006: Tutoring ND Photography and BTEC first Diploma students in 2d and 3d design, photography and video classes
Freelance Artist/Educator, Workers' Educational Association, Manchester
2004: Tutoring digital photography class for local history group. Using digital media to explore the surrounding environment
'Routemap' project and 'Art of Change', Artlink, Edinburgh
2000 to 2003: Worked with individuals on developmental arts program for people affected by disabling barriers.
Developed individual participant programs and lead workshops
Freelance Artist/Educator, Workers Educational Association, Edinburgh
2003: Ran workshops for Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Project. Produced video documentary
Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art
2002: Part time lecturer. Tutoring constructed textiles course