Labour in a Single Shot Dundee | Screening

Thursday 30 March 2023

A screening of films documenting labour and work shot in Dundee by local filmmakers, artists and researchers

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Thursday 30 March 2023, 18:00 - 19:00
Crawford Building

University of Dundee
Perth Road

Crawford Building
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A screening of films documenting labour and work shot in Dundee in the last month by students, filmmakers, artists and researchers, shown within the exhibition Harun Farocki: Consider Labour at Cooper Gallery.

The films shown are made by participants from the Labour in a Single Shot workshop in Dundee facilitated by artists and filmmakers Gair Dunlop and Pernille Spence, devised in close conversation with Antje Ehmann. Join us for a screening of the films and reflections from Antje, Gair and Pernille alongside the participants.

The participants of the workshop in Dundee are: 

Rosie Andrew, Hanna Valsgård Bratlie, Kirsty Bogle, Lewis Cavinue, Gair Dunlop, Lucy Gaw, Pascal Miehe, Pernille Spence + Rob Page, Robyn Scanlan, Alison Scott, Owen McLaughlin + Jodie Williamson, Lada Wilson, Deniz Johns + Martin Zeilinger.

Labour in a Single Shot is a documentary video workshop initiated by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki which has occurred in 15 cities worldwide since 2011. The workshop invites participants to make film of no more than 2 minutes in length that considers perceptions, practices and conditions of labour in our day-to-day life.


Free tickets available.

Screening at Geothe Institut, Glasgow

Wed 29 March, 6.30–8.30pm. Book via Goethe Institut

Screening at Cooper Gallery

Thur 30 March, 6–7pm. Book via Eventbrite.

Facilitators' biographies

Pernille Spence has been creating performance and moving image works since the mid 1990s. She has created work in the sky with a team of skydivers, been lifted into the air by 22 giant weather balloons and devised a series of performances that took place in over 50 locations in the landscape alongside railway lines from Aberdeen to Glasgow. 

She has exhibited her work internationally in galleries and festivals such as the National Review of Live Art, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Germany, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, the Australian Centre for Moving Image, Melbourne and >>FFWD: Artists’ Moving Image from Scotland in Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, China. She is currently Programme Director for Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.


Gair Dunlop makes artworks which explore the interconnections of people, places, and technologies. He is a senior lecturer and researcher at DJCAD. 

Gair was born in Glasgow, and has worked in a wide variety of roles including projectionist at London’s Scala Cinema, museum photographer, and now senior lecturer at DJCAD, Dundee. He is a member of the Nuclear Culture Research Group. His film Soundings made in collaboration with geographers from the Open University, musicians, and residents of the North Norfolk coast was shortlisted for ‘UKRI research film of the year’ in 2019.


About the exhibition

Bringing together the ten-screen video installation Labour in a Single Shot with Farocki’s most celebrated filmic essays; Workers Leaving the Factory (1995), Georg K. Glaser – Writer and Smith (1988), and In Comparison (2009), Harun Farocki: Consider Labour at Cooper Gallery critically questions the technological, aesthetic, and political conditions of making labour visible. 

Re-inventing the 'filmic essay', Farocki’s thought-provoking oeuvre investigates how capitalism, consumerism, media, technology and war intertwine with all our lives for the past century. Influenced by theatre director Bertolt Brecht, philosopher Theodor Adorno, and film director Jean-Luc Godard, Farocki’s unique style of non-narrative-filmmaking consistently addresses practices of labour and the production of images that are concerned with understanding, reflecting and confronting modern society. 

Read more on our exhibition page.


The gallery is on two floors. First floor has ramped access and disabled toilet.

Second floor is accessible via lift and for wheelchair access via a stairclimber. The screening will take place on the second floor. 

Please email in advance if you require lift or stairclimber access so we can arrange support.

Large print versions of the exhibition information handout are available, please ask our Guides.

All enquiries please contact: exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk

Image credit

Mihe Kang, A barber's Zone. Chicago, 2019.

From Labour in a Single Shot initiated by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki, 2011.

Funding support

This event accompanies the exhibition Harun Farocki: Consider Labour which is supported by the Goethe Institut, Glasgow.

logo block of funders: Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Goethe Institut

Cooper Gallery

Event type Gallery event
Event category Design and Art