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Un-Looking Lost Supper POLLEN Sporopollen Un-Looking Lost Supper POLLEN Bellmouth Papercone Lost Supper POLLEN Sporopollen Un-Looking Lost Supper POLLEN Sporopollen



photograph - Wesley Storey



After years of learning how to see
We find ourselves blind and unable
To understand what it is that is
Before us.

The shapes and colours form patterns
Whose language escapes cognisance
Defies a logic.

We must un-look or look without knowing,
Not presume ownership.
It is not ours to own and
Never will be,
Not never ever,

So look again and again
Until looking is what you do and so,
After some time, each look becomes
A subtraction of knowledge,
Removing that which you think you saw and
Replacing it with what is

Un-Looking is series of journeys along lines of inspiration. These lines are the marks and shapes found in the architecture and painting of Charles Renee Mackintosh and the journeys are performance events extracted from his work. The body of the performers make cartographic symbols and the performances become a map of his thinking.

Each journey has a specific material or process as its starting point so that the response to each building is through costume, choreography, sound, words and drawing. In each case the process is one of un-looking; of seeing backwards through the eyes of Mackintosh into the origins of inspiration. In each case the audience are required to travel, looking at the event alongside the performer and then again by watching the performer through the eyes of the building, looking out of its windows. The performances create a sense that the buildings are alive and that the energy which drove Mackintosh to create them is latent in their physical structures.

This is a tactile and visceral series of events that challenges its audience to un-look for themselves and to see the work in a new way. The project also serves to raise awareness of the Mackintosh landscape paintings and help to reconnect them to his monumental buildings in the the minds of residents and visitors to Glasgow.


Here is a link to a short documentary about the project made by Scott Mackenzie:


Slide photographs here by Florencia Garcia Chafuen:




Our Team

This is a project that is, once again, only possible with the help and collaboration of many people and so thank you very much to all of you!



Alison Robert; Elsa Rose Wood-Gee; Florencia García Chafuén; Alex Rigg


Tara Hodgson; Jen Farmer; Laini Chrismas; Lewis Sherlock; Judith Milligan; Alex Rigg


Cello, Double Bass & Vocals - Joel Sanderson

Samson Sound - Anders Rigg

Trombone - Ross McCrae

Electronic Interventions - Guy Veale

Royal Dhol Force

Percussion - Shane Connolly


Project Management - Alex Rigg, Jo McLean & Guy Veale

Venue Management - Creative Mackintosh Festival/Glasgow Mackintosh

Design and Direction:

Alex Rigg



Creative Scotland
Homecoming Scotland
Glasgow Mackintosh






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Un-Looking Bellmouth Papercone Un-Looking Bellmouth Papercone
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Lost Supper POLLEN Sporopollen Un-Looking Lost Supper POLLEN Bellmouth Papercone





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