Jude Norton-Smith (they/them)
I am a non-binary artist based in Glasgow. My audiovisual practice investigates analogue/digital convergences as well as queer and trans- readings of heritage and interspecies connectivity.
Modelling the Fishing: Heritage Representations and Trans-Species Dialogues in the “Great Herring Fishery”
The “Great Herring Fishery” occurred in Britain from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. This was an unprecedented period of commercial herring fishing, the likes of which has never and will never be seen again.
This project focuses on two key characters in this heritage story – that of the herring themselves, and of the working class women who gutted the fish on the dockside. In identifying areas of misrepresentation in current heritage narratives, and by providing alternative theoretical understandings of the herring industry, this project urges towards a new, contemporary unravelling of how alternative stories of industrial heritage can be discussed and circulated within our societies today.
In the salvaging of queer agency and trans-species generosity from the wreck of post-Industrial exploitation of the natural world, we can reclaim and repossess the processes of pollution and effluence that have come to define the human. This project thus hopes to demonstrate how destructive industrial heritage narratives can be provocative, bold new ways to tell the story of our own becoming.
Towards A Biography of Constantine: Govan Old Parish Church
Using the figure of “St Constantine”, the saint to whom Govan Old Parish Church is dedicated, this collaborative group project aimed to embody creative approaches to heritage and the ways in which different artists can approach a subject and interpret it in different ways.
By embracing the myriad unknown details regarding Constantine we each approached a historiographical story related to Constantine or Govan, utilising the unique medieval stone sarcophagus as a metonymic tool to express multiple coexisting heritage narratives.
We combined multiple data capture technologies such as photogrammetry, terrestrial laser scanning and reflectance transformation imaging, as well as 3D software such as Metashape, ZBrush, 3DS Max and Unity.
Personally, I also developed unique sound design for the project.
Windows In The West
Drawing inspiration from Avril Paton’s famous watercolour painting of a Glaswegian tenement, we were compelled to create an interactive visualisation that served as an homage both to this painting and to Glasgow’s rich history and social journey. We wanted to capture the humorous, joyous diversity of life that can be seen in Paton’s image, yet in early discussions together we really connected over engaging with an additional layer of socio-political commentary relating to the tenement; what it represents, where it has its roots, and what it represents for Glasgow and Glaswegians today.