The last year has seen the award-winning artist immersing himself in Glasgow culture for the film called Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, which premieres in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park on Saturday July 19.
Commissioned by visual arts organisation The Common Guild from Glasgow 2014, Collins’ research for his latest project has seen him meet with local people in maternity hospitals, schools, community groups and social clubs asking them to sing songs, make predictions for the future and dance like there’s no tomorrow.
The results of these adventures, which Collins describes as “a rollercoaster ride” were filmed by acclaimed cinematographer Michael McDonough with a soundtrack from Welsh pop-enigma Cate Le Bon, Mogwai’s Barry Burns, local voodoo ravers Golden Teacher and the esteemed Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
“I began at Hotel Bar-L and ended up being Tartan Elvis’s roadie in Castlemilk. I learned about life by attending a full course of ante-natal classes and danced the slosh every weekend at Frampton’s,” says the artist whose previous work has included encounters with former teachers of Marxism-Leninism from East Germany, fans of The Smiths across three continents and a group of anti-fascist skinheads in Malaysia.
As well as featuring the results of Collins’s get-togethers with the people of Glasgow, the film is accompanied by what is described as an “imaginary public-access broadcast” - the result of a foray into an old 1960s TV studio with a cast of Glaswegians that included everyone from socially engaged pensioners and animal rights activists to street poets market sellers and Elvis impersonators.
Some of the vignettes were scripted in collaboration with the award-winning writer Ewan Morrison.
“Each encounter and exchange along the way has been a riot to say the least," adds Collins, "and if the work can communicate a fraction of the joy I’ve had making it, I’ll die a happy man.”
Tickets for the event, which will be screened Saturday July 19 on large LED screens set up in Queen’s Park’s Old Rose Garden are available from Wednesday May 21 2014 through tomorrowisalwaystoolong.eventbrite.co.uk. All tickets will be posted out two weeks before the event.
For more information on Glasgow 2014 visit www.glasgow2014/culture
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