Look Again Visual Art & Design Festival, venues throughout Aberdeen, including Robert Gordon University's (RGU) Garthdee Campus

Festival runs April 27 - May 1, but the RGU section opened yesterday


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THE THIRD Look Again Visual Art & Design Festival is currently setting up its stall in Aberdeen with a wide-ranging visual art programme spread across the city.

In addition to the city centre programme, an extensive campus showcase opened at Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee Campus yesterday and runs until Monday. It will be the largest campus exhibition the university has ever held and includes a new installation by Glasgow duo, Ruby Pester and Nadia Rossi called Inflato – Optical Image Intensifier.

Pester & Rossi's large scale, site specific inflatable and wearable sculptures were inspired by some of the curious measuring and optical instruments from early pharmacy, engineering and domestic science schools.

Highlights of this year’s city centre festival include Record Store – AKA Obstacle Soup, a collaborative project curated by Janie Nicoll and Chris Biddlecombe. Part exhibition, part fantasy record shop, the project explores and celebrates the crossover between visual arts and music. Record Store will be shown at Seventeen, the creative hub and exhibition space in the city's Belmont Street, which in a former life was the much loved One Up Records.

Visual artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead will present Control Room, a new generative moving image work, inspired by Aberdeen Harbour, alongside two existing artworks, called Aberdeen Wall and Here.

Jason Nelson will be showing The Listener, which includes a set of follies which tell the story of Aberdeen. The project is both an object to be viewed and a space to be used by people, from which to hear the histories and the urban myths that form the collective consciousness and identity of Aberdeen.

Swedish-based designer Nick Ross will showcase work based on Aberdeen’s Seven Incorporated Trades. The project known as The Doric Boule connects ideas of local power and influence to a wider view of the world. A public meeting point will be created in the city’s Marischal College quad made from local stone as well as varieties of granite from across the world.