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Congratulations to HUBCAP Gallery on their fantastic festive fundraiser last week at the awesome The Bowlers Rest to rai...
21/12/2023

Congratulations to HUBCAP Gallery on their fantastic festive fundraiser last week at the awesome The Bowlers Rest to raise funds for their exhibition and events programme. If you would like to donate or know more about this student run community based gallery and their programme please vist their socials and webpage: https://hubcapgallery.com/

Incredibly grateful to everyone involved in our galleries field trip in Glasgow yesterday! We started  with the amazing ...
25/11/2023

Incredibly grateful to everyone involved in our galleries field trip in Glasgow yesterday! We started with the amazing show where the incredibly generous John Beagles gave a terrific talk on the current show, collaborative practice & support networks. next followed by then onto to see really interesting show of current work brought to life by Patricia who also talked about their work as curator & gallerist. A tricky find but we’ll worth it! Next a flying visit to the always enjoyable before attending in conversation followed by his exhibition launch with the added bonus of free 🍺 & 🍕 Last stop of a long but very fruitful day was the opening of works. Thank you Glasgow it was highly nourishing day!

Thank you to the incomparable  for the wonderful talk she gave us on Friday! Subie is our current artist in residence an...
13/11/2023

Thank you to the incomparable for the wonderful talk she gave us on Friday! Subie is our current artist in residence and we couldn’t be more delighted to have her with us.

Good afternoon everyone   here with another post, but this time taking a look at research from a different angle 📐 Settl...
31/08/2023

Good afternoon everyone here with another post, but this time taking a look at research from a different angle 📐

Settlement Projects is a community shop that sells donated goods in order to raise funds to support community development and social and environmental justice.

Back in April 2023, I was fortunate enough to be able to put on a small solo show in the window of - big thanks to Steve, Fiona and Sean for all your support!

Below is the written text that accompanied the show.

〰️

And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.

Kurt Vonnegut

What is the best way to move forward? Should we learn to let go of times gone by or strive to unpack our recent histories with a little dash of salt? After all, what’s wrong with adding some seasoning to your foretaste?

By implementing techniques honed by the artist, along with a few new tricks picked up along the way, Natalie explores the relationship between artist / educator / facilitator / all round human being, and where these intersect and interject within her professional and personal history.

Many unfinished projects, playful experiments, and some new flavoursome influences and ideas, have been added to the ACOI mix. By this process, along with a little sprinkle of Memphis Group and a touch of A E S T H E T I C S from time spent on Hub and at home, Natalie invites you to take a taste of her latest show, 𝘈 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵, displayed at shop front window.

Settlement Projects
34A Haddington Place
Leith Walk
10.04.23-08.05.23

1️⃣➡️5️⃣ 𝘈 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 exhibition shots 📸
6️⃣ 𝘈 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 installation shot 📸
7️⃣ 𝘈 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 closing night shot 📸
8️⃣ I Love Leith page 💻📷
9️⃣ 𝘈 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 poster by

Good Afternoon folks!Thank you Nisha .oc / .hallberg for the last   takeover!I’m  and I am a multi-media artist based in...
26/08/2023

Good Afternoon folks!

Thank you Nisha .oc / .hallberg for the last takeover!

I’m and I am a multi-media artist based in Edinburgh.

I’ll fully introduce myself in my next post, but for this one, I’m going to dive straight in and plug a group show I am currently part of as part of .

Further details below 👇

Explore the weird, wonderful world of Planet Citizen in this multi-media installation. Featuring new works from: Emma Brierly, Natalie Doyle, Faith Eliott, Lotte Fisher, Seamus Killick, Mikel Krumins, Stephen Paterson and Emily Randall.

You'll find artifacts, writing, and impressions of a planet as far as away as imagination can take you. Return to Planet Citizen was created by pupils from St. Thomas of Aquin’s RC High School and Tynecastle High School in collaboration with professional artists. Join free 20-minute tours of Planet Citizen every 30 minutes (last tour 15:30).


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Return to Planet Citizen 🔙🚀🪐

74 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9DF
26th and 27th August
Free bookable tours between 12:00pm-3:30pm
Available online or the Book Festival box office 🎟

Imagine 1️⃣ Planet Citizen poster by
Image 2️⃣ performance video still from Amy’s Astogram

ORKNEYFragment (English) | Adapt (English)Fragment (English): A small part broken off or separated from something. To fr...
26/08/2023

ORKNEY
Fragment (English) | Adapt (English)
Fragment (English): A small part broken off or separated from something. To fragment can be
seen as a form of disintegration, a process of fragility and vulnerability. A fragment can be
appreciated when separated from its context by focusing on its detail, whilst also, from a
broader perspective, it can be understood as part of a much bigger constellation or whole.

Adapt (English): Make something suitable for a new use or purpose; modify or adjust to new
conditions. To undergo modification so as to fit different, and sometimes challenging
circumstances. Adapting can be uncomfortable, freeing, or both.

The islands of the Orkney archipelago have been inhabited for at least 8,500 years, with
significant periods of activity throughout the Neolithic, Iron Age, Norse and Scots eras of
settlement and influence.
Separated into 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited, the outlying and fragmented geographical
character of Orkney could be perceived as vulnerable and exposed. Yet, from pre-history to the
present, a community has remained resilient.
In Orkney the forces of nature such as the wind and sea are ever-present and play a significant
role in shaping the characteristics of human endeavour. Culture and folklore run deep with
stories of otherworldly transformations marked by shifts in form within the liminal space of the
shore between the tides.
Throughout the centuries changes in temperature, landscape, coastline and dominant language
have fostered a culture of creative adjustment and agile adaptation. The climate emergency is
intensifying the force of the natural world, and the heightened response required brings to the
fore issues of decentralised political power, energy management, and environmental steward

In Island for Orkney we have worked with:
Prof. Donna Heddle
Aaron McCarthy

cap

This is a small portion of the work I’ve made this year. I was lucky enough to work with both  and  during their Artist ...
26/08/2023

This is a small portion of the work I’ve made this year. I was lucky enough to work with both and during their Artist Residency’s who have both impacted my work immeasurably. Getting to work with artists who have done the course and are now those two or three steps ahead is so valuable, and it helps they are each wonderful! I’d also like to shine a light on the brilliant Learning Assistants who’s skills and patience make the course and possible, this also goes for the Library team and many many others, whos help has been completely invaluable. What I’m trying to say is this course and college is filled with brilliant people who actively go above and beyond to help you succeed (many who’ve come through CAP), without which the college would not run and my work would not look nearly as beautiful :)

RAVENSCRAIGEErase (English) | Saunt (Scots)Erase (English): Remove all traces of; destroy or obliterate. To erase insinu...
25/08/2023

RAVENSCRAIGE
Erase (English) | Saunt (Scots)
Erase (English): Remove all traces of; destroy or obliterate. To erase insinuates a loss that is
permanent and cannot be recovered. It can be used as a force of destruction or can be a
symptom of collateral damage in the built environment.
Saunt (Scots): To disappear, to vanish, especially in a sudden or mysterious manner, to be
silently swallowed up. Origin of word unknown but may be associated with Latin 'sanctus', in
how saints appear and disappear in visions, like ghosts or spirits.
Located in the Lowlands of Scotland by the town of Motherwell, Ravenscraig was the
largest hot strip steel mill in Western Europe at the time of its closure in 1992h.

Today the landscape is a place of industrial traces and environmental resurgence, as the
concrete is cracked by moss and pioneer species such as silver birch and alder emerge
across the contours.
Ravenscraig’s current condition is often perceived through binary understandings of
place, where the absence of the steelworks looks to the past whilst the development
plans of new roads and housing leaps to the future. Through this way of seeing, the
contemporary landscape remains unacknowledged and unseen and is therefore under threat of erasure.
Workers of the steelworks were partially made up of migratory Irish and Highlanders,
where Scots, English and Gaelic fed into what is known today as West Central Scots.
Saunt derives from this linguistic landscape, translating as a mysterious and ethereal
disappearance.
How can we acknowledge the fragile condition between erasure and saunt? The former
causing permanent and deliberate eradication, the latter allowing memory and spirit to
remain despite physical absence.
Ravenscraig condenses stories of labour, community, economy, regeneration, and
dereliction. In opposing its erasure, we present and acknowledge the landscape in its
current authentic condition. In seeking a more nuanced relationship between
human-made and natural landscapes, one that moves beyond reductive rhetoric
surrounding the climate emergency, we ask: how do we decide what is worth saving?

Collaborators
Hamshya Rajkumar
Frank McElhinney
Dr Amanda Thomson

This is me on a beach in Lido, eating a peach. Before CAP I was not seen in Lido or eating peaches —this course changed ...
24/08/2023

This is me on a beach in Lido, eating a peach. Before CAP I was not seen in Lido or eating peaches —this course changed my life.

It’s hard to find the words to do it justice, but as anyone who’s been to an FE college knows, it is life changing.
Things got quite complicated for me during my teens and education was very much bottom of the priority list but somehow I stumbled my way into Scotland and then into its colleges and now I’m in Venice making pros and cons lists for Universities.

As an artist my work has come on leaps and bounds in the past year because this course is bloody brilliant! (promise they aren’t paying me to say this) but my improvement has only been possible because of the ways FE and this course and these lecturers have changed every other aspect of my life as well.

I have been fortunate enough to have bloody great teachers but Alan, Jennie and Colette I think, take the cake. Because they’ve never just been lecturers, they are teachers, and parents and friends and mentors and priests and counsellors and cheerleaders and role models, and super hero’s. The thing that makes FE and particularly this course so special is them. The Lecturers, their time and dedication and compassion is what’s life changing. It’s because of them I get to write pros and cons lists in Venice.

This is me on a beach in Lido, eating a peach. Before CAP I was not seen in Lido or eating peaches —this course changed ...
24/08/2023

This is me on a beach in Lido, eating a peach. Before CAP I was not seen in Lido or eating peaches —this course changed my life.
It’s hard to find the words to do it justice, but as pretty much everyone who’s been to an FE college knows, it is life changing.
Things got quite complicated for me during my teens and education was very much bottom of the priority list but somehow I stumbled my way into Scotland and then into its colleges and now I’m in Venice making pros and cons lists for Universities.

As an artist my work has come on leaps and bounds in the past year because this course is bloody brilliant! (promise they aren’t paying me to say this) but my improvement has only been possible because of the ways FE and this course and these lecturers have changed every other aspect of my life as well.

I have been fortunate enough to have some bloody great teachers but Alan, Jennie and Colette I think, take the cake. Because they’ve never just been lecturers, they are teachers, and parents and friends and mentors and priests and counsellors and cheerleaders and role models, and super hero’s. The thing that makes FE and particularly this course so special is them. The Lecturers, their time and dedication and compassion is what’s life changing. It’s because of them I get to write pros and cons lists in Venice.

Loch Ness Extract (English) | Cothromachadh (Gaelic)Extract (English): To remove something, to take it out of its surrou...
23/08/2023

Loch Ness
Extract (English) | Cothromachadh (Gaelic)
Extract (English): To remove something, to take it out of its surroundings, especially by effort or
force.
Cothromachadh (Gaelic): The act of balancing, finding equilibrium. The root of this term is the
word 'cothrom' meaning ‘chance’ or ‘fair play.’ 'Cothrom' itself is made up of two words, 'comh'
and 'trom', literally meaning ‘of equal weight’ and by extension ‘opportunity’ and/or ‘equity’. This
term acknowledges that there needs to be just chance or fair opportunity for all if there is to be
balance.

The romanticised image of Scotland first explored in 18th Century literature and art
imagines a landscape that is wild, rugged and empty of people. Modern internationalised
tourism and property markets continue to frame Scotland in this manner.
This way of seeing predominantly serves the interests of capital and landed power,
obscuring the often fraught and violent history of displacement and dispossession. The
Highland Clearances (the forced eviction of people to make way for commercial sheep
farming) saw the exploitation of the natural environment through concentrated patterns of
ownership for explicit capital gain. The forest landscape has been subject to mass
material extraction and deforestation for industry, war, and managed for sport (deer
stalking and grouse shooting), causing severe ecological degradation alongside profound
cultural loss.
In defiance of this approach, how can a culture of equity be practised in contexts where
extraction, greed, and capital dominate?
Cothromachadh is a Gaelic term that translates to an act of balancing; finding equilibrium,
and is rooted in ideas of fairness. Through Cothromachadh we explore approaches to the
landscape which seek a more reciprocal relationship and greater balance between
humans and the natural environment. In the context of the worldwide climate emergency,
the forest communities of Abriachan and Strathnairn on the north and south banks of
Loch Ness are our guides to alternative perspectives on economies of use, inhabitation
and the cultural stewardship of land.

The collaberators are:
Dr Mairi McFadyen
Raghnaid Sandilands
Dele Adeyemo

It feels appropriate so start by explaining a little about the exhibition and the reason I’m here. A Fragile Corresponde...
21/08/2023

It feels appropriate so start by explaining a little about the exhibition and the reason I’m here. A Fragile Correspondence explores the relationship between language and land within Scotland, pointing its focus to Oarkney, Lochness, and Ravenscraige. Using local language to reframe how we view and talk about our relationship to place within the context of the climate crisis and it’s specific effects within the highlands, islands and lowlands.

Hi, I’m Nisha (.oc / .hallberg ) I’ll be occupying your timeline for the next week! I’m currently working with  through ...
21/08/2023

Hi, I’m Nisha (.oc / .hallberg ) I’ll be occupying your timeline for the next week!
I’m currently working with through their Professional Development Program as an invigilator for the Venice Archiecture Biennale ( ). As well as being a current CAP student and .gallery committee member.

Hey  here with my last post of the takeover before the lovely .oc takeover on Monday!Right now, my practice sits in a pl...
20/08/2023

Hey here with my last post of the takeover before the lovely .oc takeover on Monday!

Right now, my practice sits in a place of 'returning' as I wait to begin PhD research in early October.

As touched on early this week, my practice draws on work about leaving and returning to marginalised working-class communities and the retrospect these writers have from this experience. Whether mentally or physically, this idea of 'returning' has become integral to recent work.

A significant influence has been the memoirs of Didier Erbions. His account of identity formation in 'Returning to Reims' (2009) addresses not only the construction of his own sexuality but the imbrication of q***rness and class.

His analysis of his upbringing has dramatically impacted my understanding of my own experience. His work unravelled many complex emotions within me regarding my q***r working-class subjectivity and, more broadly, the collective working-class experience within society.

Therefore the project has become a place of self-discovery as I revisit and unravel core, fragmented and seemingly insignificant memories of my personal history within my work. I reflect on my background and intersect my present and lived understanding of working-class subjectivity, adding to the broader collective experience.

I hope you have enjoyed my takeover this week! And if your interested in following my practice/ research go to

Bye for now
Samantha 😊💜

***rartist

Through this initial personal investigation, I identified a need for more information/artistic research on this subject....
19/08/2023

Through this initial personal investigation, I identified a need for more information/artistic research on this subject. This work has since developed into a practice-based PhD supported by Kingston School of Art to explore the history of Edinburgh tower block/ Scheme communities.

This project shall explore the construction of communities within housing developments from a q***r, neurodivergent, and working-class perspective. The research shall ask questions that address the representation of Edinburgh's working-class communities and more widely speak to concerns for spatial justice, right-to-city minority representation, and working-class history-making. Through this project, I aim to develop a mode of speaking that speaks as ‘we’ rather than about them, built from our shared histories.

I am delighted about this opportunity and incredibly grateful for the continued help/support from family and friends (including the residents) throughout this process. This is only a small introduction to the broader research, and I cannot wait to share more about the project and its developments come October! If you are interested in this work, follow my progress

Hey, hey, it’s  again! Today I thought I’d start with more about myself and my practice.I am an ex-foundation and CAPetc...
15/08/2023

Hey, hey, it’s again! Today I thought I’d start with more about myself and my practice.

I am an ex-foundation and CAPetc... student studying at Edinburgh College Granton between 2013-16. I am also a Glasgow School of Art Alumni graduating in 2019 from Sculpture and Environmental Art. More recently, I was a 2022 recipient of (the) New Art School Bursary Award, a year-long MA equivalent. Outside my art education, I have also had the opportunity to return to Edinburgh College, first as the 2019/20 CAPetc... Artist in Residency and later as a Guest Lecturer and Art & Design Learning Assistant.

I am Edinburgh, born and bred and grew up in a tower block South West of the city with my twin brother and mum. I acknowledge this part of my background as this lived experience has become integral to my recent research and work.

During the first lockdown, I returned to stay with my family in the hi-rise, where they still reside. This had been the longest I had stayed in my family home since first leaving for Glasgow. Over the following months, I had much time for personal reflection. I started analysing this community and how it influenced my life. What impact has this area and this city had on the person I have become and the directions I have taken? Moreover, why did it feel so important to analyse this environment over another?

Here became the origin of an extended and expanded practice-based investigation exploring working-class history-making and the relationship between self, community and environment.

***rartist

Hey, hey, it’s  again! Today I thought I’d start with more about myself and my practice.I am an ex-foundation and CAPetc...
15/08/2023

Hey, hey, it’s again! Today I thought I’d start with more about myself and my practice.

I am an ex-foundation and CAPetc... student studying at Edinburgh College Granton between 2013-16. I am also a Glasgow School of Art Alumni graduating in 2019 from Sculpture and Environmental Art. More recently, I was a 2022 recipient of (the) New Art School Bursary Award, a year-long MA equivalent. Outside my art education, I have also had the opportunity to return to Edinburgh College, first as the 2019/20 CAPetc... Artist in Residency and later as a Guest Lecturer and Art & Design Learning Assistant.

I am Edinburgh, born and bred and grew up in a tower block South West of the city with my twin brother and mum. I acknowledge this part of my background as this lived experience has become integral to my recent research and work.

During the first lockdown, I returned to stay with my family in the hi-rise, where they still reside. This had been the longest I had stayed in my family home since first leaving for Glasgow. Over the following months, I had much time for personal reflection. I started analysing this community and how it influenced my life. What impact has this area/city had on the person I have become and the directions I have taken? Moreover, why did it feel so important to analyse this environment over another?

Here became the origin of an expanded practice-based investigation exploring working-class history-making and the relationship between self, community and environment.

Hello! I’m , and I am a visual artist based between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I will be the second of two takeovers by  … a...
14/08/2023

Hello! I’m , and I am a visual artist based between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I will be the second of two takeovers by … alumni and working-class artists currently featured in the fantastic group exhibition, ‘Gatherings’ by in Woolwich, London.

Over the next week, I will reflect on my work in the show (see images 1 & 2) and other key works, research, themes and processes used within my practice. In short, I use an autoethnographic approach grounded explicitly in my lived subjective experience as a q***r working-class person to integrate ideas of identity, power and class.

For now, go check out here’s a description of the show, which runs till the 17th of August and features both my and fellow … alumni work, as well as many other talented working-class artists across the UK. Thanks to for creating such a wonderful and inclusive show! If you’re about London this week, go check it out before it ends!!! Further details below:

Exhibition: Gatherings
Dates: 4th-17th
Opening times: 12-5 pm
Address: SET Woolwich, SEIS 6BU

‘Gatherings brings together twenty-eight artists across a range of disciplines as part of a collaborative show between SET and the Working Class Creatives Database. Made up of work from a host of different disciplines, though touching on installation, sculpture, photography, video and text, the exhibition offers a variety of approaches to making and thinking, with Gatherings distilling them into a space of collaborative belonging.

To gather, to bring together. Gathering is a process of thoughtful contemplation, a cathartic approach to collecting. Artists in Gatherings have approached the making of works with a level of intimacy and trust through muted tones and care for their subject and practice. A softness runs throughout the works, balanced by a structural rhythm created by the ways in which they examine the world around them. Intimacy bleeds through familiarity, created by that softness of touch.

The current series of CAP takeovers continues with something slightly different.   and , graduated from  …  a decade apa...
05/08/2023

The current series of CAP takeovers continues with something slightly different. and , graduated from … a decade apart and have never met yet both are currently showing work in “Gatherings” an exhibition by the Working Class Artists Data base exhibition space in London.

Catch yeees next time !!!! Thanks so much to everyone that made it down to the opening, took part in the poetry workshop...
01/08/2023

Catch yeees next time !!!!

Thanks so much to everyone that made it down to the opening, took part in the poetry workshop, participated in our spoken word open mic night or made it down to the exhibition!!

Big thanks to and

ByYeeeeeeEe ######

TONIGHT !!The collaboration you’ve all been waiting for…Decoy House x  !! A Spoken word open mic night hosted by Awright...
28/07/2023

TONIGHT !!

The collaboration you’ve all been waiting for…

Decoy House x !!

A Spoken word open mic night hosted by Awright members as part of the Decoy House 2.0 exhibition. A free event where everyone is welcome, there’s gonna be a raffle and a free drink to those who participate!!

6-9pm

If u fancy performing something send a lil message over to however there will also be the opportunity to sign up on arrival. BYOB.

C u there !!!



There’s still a few days left to catch Decoy House 2.0 at  !! Sculpture, painting, installation, video and performance b...
27/07/2023

There’s still a few days left to catch Decoy House 2.0 at !! Sculpture, painting, installation, video and performance by artists and

Live performances daily at 3pm. Exhibition open 22am - 5pm

Free poetry workshop tomorrow evening as part of Decoy House 2.07pmFree pizza and beer !! (And non alcoholic options too...
25/07/2023

Free poetry workshop tomorrow evening as part of Decoy House 2.0

7pm

Free pizza and beer !! (And non alcoholic options too ofc)

Led by

Thank you so much to everyone who made it down to the opening night of Decoy House 2.0 !!! Really didn’t expect it to be...
24/07/2023

Thank you so much to everyone who made it down to the opening night of Decoy House 2.0 !!! Really didn’t expect it to be as busy/ mental as that 💖💖

If@you haven’t mafe@it down yet there’s still time !! Open everyday until the 29th July 11am - 5pm with daily performances @ 3pm.

Ex CAP student  is having an exhibition this week alongside  at  !!! This is the second time these 2 multimedia artists ...
21/07/2023

Ex CAP student is having an exhibition this week alongside at !!! This is the second time these 2 multimedia artists have exhibited their work, come see a mix of sculpture, installation, performance, video and painting.

Opening tomorrow evening from 6pm, with a live performance, BYOB and just generally class patter.

11am - 5pm opening times up until Saturday 29th July. Performances every day at 3pm, a spoken word open mic night Friday 28th and a poetry workshop (with pizza) 7pm Wednesday 26th

The grandmothers on my mother’s side are not the smell of freshly baked scones. They are not the gentle simmer of an uns...
17/07/2023

The grandmothers on my mother’s side are not the smell of freshly baked scones. They are not the gentle simmer of an unseasoned pot of soup. They are not the sound of clicking needles knitting festive jumpers, or the itchy heat of a tartan blanket singeing by the fire. They are the sharp glamour of a stiletto dug between a cobbled street. They are velvet summer strawberries and cream. They are chocolate foam bananas and maraschino cherries. They are disco ball light scattered across a spinning room at the end of the night. They are dancing after the music stops. They are a pressed pinny with a fiver in the pocket to give you after everyone has gone. They are a neat vertical line drawn down the back of
a thigh. They are a hot knife slicing through butter where other’s wouldn’t melt. They are high-heeled fluffy slippers and an evening coat of deep red lipstick. They are velcro rollers in a Silvikrin cloud of hairspray. They are Superking ci******es stubbed out half way. They are clip on earrings and chemist bought perfume. They are imitation leopard print and born before their time. They are powdered blue and midnight blush and holding things together.



Image: Table (circular table cloth, transfer images) and installation view

On Monday morning I am sitting at a square table in room 107 preparing to contact the dead. The college library might no...
15/07/2023

On Monday morning I am sitting at a square table in room 107 preparing to contact the dead. The college library might not seem like the ideal place to host a séance, but despite the shape of the table I am confident they will arrive. People are often mistaken in thinking this type of communication must take place at night; energy is often better in the morning and contact is most fluid when vibrations are high. I yawn into my pastel coffee cup and wonder how high I might be able to get mine first thing on a Monday. Last week
I tried to use the spirit box in this room but an IT help session was being conducted outside, and while I didn’t mind the background noise I thought the spillage of ghostly voices might be an unwelcome interruption to the technical meeting. I imagined confused responses from the other side (of the door) as I put my questions out into the ether. ‘Hello is there anyone there?’ To interfere might mean to intervene, uninvited, into a situation you are not welcome. Yet the spirit box is a device which extends an open invitation to ghostly interference. It allows an entity to manipulate radio waves, to create patterns within sound that we can hear with our own ears, to be interpreted and questioned. In other words, it gives the ghost a voice. In human form we can be self-centred, and don’t often consider how difficult it might be to communicate from their side. This radio aid can provide a useful tool in facilitating inter-dimensional conversation.



Image: installation in the back room of mote (projection on to fireplace and LED candles)

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