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The Nearly Men

The Nearly Men Video Games Podcast – live at POP!

Sun 8 September, 2pm
POP, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Join the friendly presenters of Scottish video games podcast, The Nearly Men as they record a special episode for the Paisley Youth Arts Festival. Meet like-minded gaming enthusiasts, share your favourite gaming challenges – play retro games and chat to the Nearly Men chaps who played on these consoles first time around!

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Retro Gaming Zone

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sep + Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sep 2019, 12noon-4pm
POP, Unit 34-36, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

A chance to play some of those classic video game consoles including Sega Megadrive, Nintendo64 + more!

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The Fourth Wall

A virtual reality experience by artist John M Walter
as part of 131st Annual Exhibition of the Paisley Art Institute

7 September – 20 October 2019
Tue-Sat 11.30am-5.30pm & Sun 12noon-5pm
Unit 43a+54, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 2EL FREE

The Fourth Wall by John Walter is a 360° immersive video exhibited in Virtual Reality. His first VR work, it builds on his experience of working in video, animation, computer-aided design, collage, painting and sculpture but abbreviates these approaches into a completely new kind of maximalist aesthetic by compressing and hybridising them. 

The extraordinary Marischal College in Aberdeen is the setting for The Fourth Wall. It features within the composition, recurring as a leitmotif that changes scale and character over time much like a melody varies within a song. Images and slogans from John’s repertoire are conjoined in a kind of “complex adaptive system” of saturated colour that creates a dizzying immersive experience. It’s like being inside a painting rather than other VR experience, which draw on gaming and architectural aesthetics. New songs, such as Heirloom Carrot, written and performed by the artist, link the diverse images and ideas within the VR composition together and reflect on Walter’s ongoing interest in how evolutionary virology can be used to think about the spread of cultural forms such as the paisley pattern (buta). 

The Fourth Wall innovates how VR is exhibited. Walter has customised cable-free Oculus Go headsets by mounting masks on them transforming viewers into performers as well. Chaperones wear colourful tabards that feature images from the VR and host viewers who may or may not be familiar with VR – bridging the gap between the fictional world of the VR and the real world outside of it. 

Walter says of The Fourth Wall “I’ve left it raw to make it more visceral and more like being inside a video, a painting or a collage. Video wipes, fades and transitions wrap around you. Rapid shifts in scale and texture that might be familiar on a screen are unusual and fresh when experienced in VR. How often have you had the opportunity to fly through a paisley shawl?”

Artist’s biography.

John Walter (b. Dartford, 1978) is a visual artist working across a diverse range of media including painting, moving image and installation. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and Design, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art and was awarded a doctorate by The University of Westminster in 2017. In 2006 he was artist in residence at KIAC in Dawson City, Canada. Between 2006-8 he was Sainsbury Scholar at The British School at Rome. He was a participant in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. In 2017 he undertook a residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England have supported his work. He was awarded the 2016 Hayward Curatorial Open for Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness. The Arts Council Collection and The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool have collected his work. Recent exhibitions include: The Fourth Wall (Look Again Festival, Aberdeen, 2019); Booze Guitar (Matt’s Gallery, 2018); CAPSID (CGP and HOME, 2018); Somewhere in Between (Wellcome Collection, 2018); Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity (Walker Art Gallery, 2017).

Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland and PAI.


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Thu 5 September 2019, 8pm-midnight
The Students’ Union, Paisley Union | Level 1, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2HB

This is a weekly event – Free Entry

Bring your team down to the Quiz the whole of paisley is talking about, free nachos for teams of 4 or more. Great prizes for winners and those are not so good at quizzes.

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Create Café

Friday 6 September 2019, 7.30pm-10pm
Blend Coffee Lounge, 25B Causeyside St, Paisley PA1 1UL

Come along to Blend Coffee Lounge for a one-off special CREATE Cafe with our friends from Erskine Music and Media Studios. Get involved in a night of music and performance, time with friends and great drinks and cake. You can also sign up to our fantastic open mic or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere! 

Organised by Create Paisley

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