‘What does progress mean today?’
The project celebrates the hidden history of Glasgow and the contemporary life of the city today through visual arts, theatre, architecture and music. Exploring twelve sites along the six-mile route of the Molendinar, upon which the city of Glasgow was founded, the project invites proposals from renowned Scottish and international artists to celebrate the unique early history of Glasgow and its remarkable legacies. During 2016, two projects, The Molendinar by Claire M Singer, and Barrowlands by Martin Gray, were carried out.
In The Molendinar, commissioned by Civic Room and Union Chapel, Claire M Singer explores the very origins of the Molendinar through organ and electronic music. The resulting work is available on the new album Solas, released by Touch Records.
In Barrowlands, Martin Gray explores more recent history, exploring the landmark of the Barrowland Ballroom, sited over the route of the Molendinar now hidden beneath the city, over the last decades. The event includes recorded voices, ambient sound and original music and is available for one evening only.