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Everyone's Taking The Piss Out Of An Artist Who Got £15,000 To Live In Glasgow For A Year

"Doesn't a high percentage of Glasgow do this every year already?"

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The premise of the project is that Harrison is not allowed to leave the city of limits of Glasgow for an entire year. The project is supposed to test what is possible if she invests all of her time and energy into one particular city.

By setting this one simple restriction to her current lifestyle, she intends to test the limits of a 'sustainable practice' and to challenge the demand-to-travel placed upon the 'successful' artist / academic. The experiment will enable her to cut her carbon footprint and increase her sense of belonging, by encouraging her to seek out and create 'local opportunities' - testing what becomes possible when she invests all her ideas, time and energy within the city where she lives.


"The West End Effect" is raising money for two artists to investigate what living in a posh area would do to a person.

The West End Effect is a decade long 'action research' project / durational performance, in which artists Darren 'Loki' McGarvey and Becci Wallace will investigate what living in a 'posh' area does to a person. Among other things they will live in Glasgow's West End for at least a year at some point in the next decade to gain a true understanding of how this hostile environment affects people.

"The Alternative Glasgow Effect" looks at what happens when you don't spend a year being a delusional wanker.

The Alternative Glasgow Effect is a year-long durational performance in which Scottish normal person Gordon Scott attempts to spend one year without being a posh, egocentric and delusional wanker.

This event has the monetary backing of 15 hours a week work at minimal wage.

Gordon's charity of choice is Alzheimer Scotland.



Creative Scotland have issued a longer statement about the controversy. They said that their funding requires an evaluation following the completion of the project.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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