Alma Mater @ Scotland Street School Museum

Role: Concept, Director

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Scotland Street School Museum

Alma Mater is Fish & Game’s site-specific performance-for-camera tour created for Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Scotland Street School. With an original musical score from John De Simone and in collaboration with a range of Glasgow-based artists, Alma Mater engages with themes of childhood and the coercive, civilising power of education.

Individual audience members use portable video screens to explore the school and encounter traces of performances past. In its pioneering form, the work makes the encounter with Mackintosh’s architecture come to life, vividly evoking the unseen human dimension of the building.

‘The intricacies of the camerawork, the nuances of behaviour, all connect superbly to the building and its previous life – would that Alma Mater could be a more permanent part of what the museum offers.’ Mary Brennan, The Herald

‘One of the first Scottish-made shows not only to use an audio soundtrack but also a hand-held video presentation running on an iPad, to guide audiences through a promenade experience. It emerges as a strange, haunting event.’ Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

For more information about this project, including production credits, press reviews and more videos please visit Fish & Game’s website.

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Date: Premiere: 4 November 2010 Restaged: September 2012 Created for: Fish & Game Categories: Film, iPad, One-to-one, Show, Video Website:

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