‘It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.’
Blood Sugar Money Bricks explores the use of new digital mediums – virtual, augmented and mixed realities to reveal how Glasgow was shaped by and involved in the Transatlantic slave trade.
The proposal explores different ways of viewing the city through the creative arts, providing an engaging way to recontextualise our surroundings, revealing a hidden layer of history which is currently absent and creating an evolving platform for underrepresented voices.
In the 16th century ideas were developed by the British Empire and written into law in order to justify the enslavement of African people. Created hundreds of years ago these ideas underpin racist actions that affect people’s lives today.
We believe that one of the vital steps to addressing the current issues of inequality in society is educating ourselves about our history.