A Strike Class: The Clock Stops
Thursday 25 March 2021
The Ignorant Art School, Sit-in Curriculum #1
An in-conversation event with ex-Timex activists Mary McGregor and Charlie Malone on the Timex Strike in Dundee, facilitated by artist and activist Stella Rooney, exploring education on the picket line and the capitalist construction of time. Introduced with a film by Rooney, shot at the location of the Camperdown Timex factory, this discursive event will draw on local histories and ongoing activism in Dundee, reimagining the location and hierarchies of traditional educational structures.
Stella Rooney is an artist, film-maker and trade unionist who investigates labour from the perspective of both past and present. As a recent graduate from DJCAD's Art and Philosophy course, her final year project focused on the legacy of Timex factories and the effects of deindustrialisation on the city of Dundee. Stella is also an activist campaigning against precarious work and was part of organising a fourteen-day occupation of the university Principal's office while a student.
Mary McGregor is a retired English and Guidance teacher and has been a lifelong political activist, including organising with the Timex Support Group
The Timex History Group was formed when two of the members, on clearing out the local union offices. thought that the contribution of the workforce should be heard through the words of the workers. 'Timex was good for Dundee, Dundee was good for Timex' has been the mantra held by the group.
The Ignorant Art School at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Henry Moore Foundation.