What can an artist/activist achieve in a place, given a year of not having to worry about money?
Even though she only revealed the tip of the iceberg of her research and activism in her year of living within the boundary of Glasgow, I was impressed by the scope and scale of Ellie Harrison’s investigations of the Glasgow Effect She was inspired by New Economics Foundation approach: Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered. One of her themes was transport and the twin irritations of a city carved up by motorways and the sorry state of public transport, particularly the buses. This in a city which has a lower than average car ownership. Sometimes it takes a fresh eye to re-view what everyone else has stopped seeing, just got used to. Pavel Buchler once said that one function of art is to stop and look after everyone else has moved on – wait a minute folks, look at this! Not only had she looked – through her investigations, she had discovered that the monthly board meetings of SPT (Strathclyde Partnership Transport) are open to the public! She set herself up as undercover artist in residence at SPT and attended six Board meetings to learn and to lobby.