This summer, Collective is presenting three new, distinct artist commissions on the Observatoire de la Ville website and online.
Using the City Observatory site as a springboard, Collective’s program considers hidden histories and untold stories relating to our site and broader cultural history. Bringing together new work from Annette Krauss, Ruth Ewanand Camara Taylor, our summer program of solo exhibitions and related events reframes and questions complex figures, movements and systems whose legacies are woven into our collective cultural memory. The three projects have been developed with the artists, in some cases over several years, to explore how the legacies of the past can be reconsidered and re-presented to help us re-imagine the present and the future.
A question of precedents by Annette Krauss opens on June 1, as a research resource in the City Observatory Library. This long-term collaborative research project reflects on Collective’s move to the City Observatory and explores the designation of the site as a ‘commons’. The project kicks off with two walking conversations about June 1 and 2 led by Annette Krauss and other artists and cultural thinkers, and will visit sites of common good in Edinburgh.
swirlan exhibition of new works by Camara Tayloropens in the Hillside on June 18. The exhibition consists of new videos and multimedia works relating to the artist’s ongoing conversation with Scottish waterways and a collection of public documents spanning several centuries. Camara Taylor participates in Satellites, the collective’s development program for emerging practitioners based in Scotland.
On June 25 The beast by Ruth Ewan will open at the City Dome. New animation, shown with archival material, focuses on Scottish/American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and his namesake Diplodocus carnegii. The exhibition explores intersecting ideas around the power, exploitation, culture and history of capitalism. The animation was co-written with a Marxist magician Dr. Ian Saville.