Gair Dunlop

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Gair Dunlop makes artworks that explore lived Modernism: the New Town, the military airfield, the film archive and the scientific research establishment. The works investigate and play with different eras of discovery and propaganda. 

Previous works have been featured at a wide variety of contexts, such as ISEA 2012, Kassel Documentary Film Festival, Rødasten Gothenburg, and Boerhaave Medical Museum Leiden.

Funders have included Creative Scotland, The Wellcome Trust, English Heritage and the AHRC. The process of artwork research and production has in turn produced a range of papers and journal articles. Recent research on the remains of the atomic and military modern have potential to influence policy-makers and the informed public in terms of the ways that our ideas of technology and progress are overshadowed by previous generations of practice, and their remains. 

Current ideas involve working with scientists, sonic artists and geographers, investigating a spectrum of contexts from eroding heritage coastlines to sites of newer technologies such as CERN and ITER. The range of projects explores their importance in the possibility of building a sense of social optimism and potential. To this end, he is visiting CERN in March and has a similar invitation to explore a project with the Joint European Torus (JET) at Culham, which in turn will lead to ITER, the prototype fusion production reactor in southern France.

Dunlop works with high–definition video and sound, combined in single screen and multiscreen screenings and installations and is interested in combining elements of site-specific practice with digital technologies.

Research outputs

Taking leave: art and closure
Dunlop, G. 12 May 2016 The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods. Williams, A. J., Jenkings, N.,Woodward, R. & Rech, M. F. (eds.). Abingdon: Ashgate, p. 370-386 17 p.

Thresholds: gateways to the nuclear imagination
Dunlop, G. 3 Feb 2015 In : Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. 1, 2

Gateways to Bletchley
Dunlop, G. Jul 2014 In : Cultural Politics. 10, 2, p. 151-162 12 p.

Relics of acceleration: a field guide
Dunlop, G. 2013 Virilio and visual culture. Armitage, J. & Bishop, R. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 207-226 20 p. (Critical connections)

'The aerodrome': art, heritage and landscape at former RAF Coltishall
Schofield, J., Cocroft, W., Boulton, A., Dunlop, G. & Wilson, L. K. Feb 2012 In : Journal of Social Archaeology. 12, 1, p.120-142 23 p.

Atom Town: life after technology. (Digital Film Installation).
Dunlop, G. 2011 featured ‘Monitoring’ installations at Kassel Documentary Film Festival, ISEA 2012, HICA