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Anne-Marie Copestake & Duncan Marquiss
with speakers Isla Leaver-Yapp & Francis McKee.
Saturday 24 October, 6.30pm. £3 (£2) concessions
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Duncan Marquiss, Search Film, 2015 (Film Still). Courtesy of the artists.
Inverleith House presents two artist films that consider the natural world and scientific enquiry as part of a new short season of screenings reflecting upon the gallery’s unique position as an artistic organisation within a scientific research institution and Botanic Garden.
Screenings will be accompanied by an expanded discussion between artists, curators and members of the scientific community touching on themes explored in the films. As the season develops, conversations will highlight connections between artistic inquiry and scientific investigation, and consider the commonalities of these distinct disciplines. Over the coming months, screenings will address themes of collecting and taxonomy, anthropological and ethnographic subjects, and psychological or imagined landscapes.
The first screening will present two new artist films; Back As Front, Inside As Out, Part One, by Anne-Marie Copestake, and Search Film by Duncan Marquiss.
The artists will be joined by invited speakers Isla Leaver-Yapp, Project Director, Lux Scotland, and Francis McKee, Director CCA, Glasgow, for a conversation after the screening.
About the films:
Back As Front, Inside As Out, Part One.
(2015, 25 minutes)
Holography as a theory, written in 1947 by Dennis Gabor, described how a three-dimensional image of information (as patterns encoded in a beam of light) could be stored on a photographic plate. This required a coherent light source, which was eventually provided by lasers twenty years later as technology advanced. Copestake’s film considers this early period as holography developed as an artist’s medium, foregrounding experimentation and pursuit through rigorous actions, optimism, exploration and discovery. Duncan Marquiss Search Film (2015, HD, 22 minutes) Search Film follows the artist's father, the biologist Dr. Mick Marquiss as he tracks goshawks, an elusive bird of prey, in rural north east Scotland. The film expands into a broader conversation on the nature of searching in a variety of contexts, comparing innate foraging behaviour with shopping and browsing databases.
(2015, HD, 22 minutes)
Search Film follows the artist's father, the biologist Dr. Mick Marquiss as he tracks goshawks, an elusive bird of prey, in rural north east Scotland. The film expands into a broader conversation on the nature of searching in a variety of contexts, comparing innate foraging behaviour with shopping and browsing databases.
British Art Show 8
13 February — 8 May 2016
Åbäke, Fatima, 2015 © the artists, courtesy the artists
The British Art Show is a national touring exhibition that provides a vital overview of some of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK. Organised by Hayward Touring at Southbank Centre, London, and taking place every five years, it introduces a broad public to a new generation of artists. After opening in Leeds Art Gallery, British art Show 8 will tour to multiple venues across Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton over the course of 15 months.
Curated by Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, British art Show 8 features the work of 42 artists who have made a significant contribution to art in thes country over the past five years. The result of the curators' research across the UK and beyond is a wide-ranging exhibition that encompasses sculpture, film, video-installation, photography, painting, performance and design. Twenty-six of the artists have created new works especially for the exhibition, making this the most ambitious British Art Show to date.
A central concern of British Art Show 8 is the changing role and status of the object at a time of increasing convergence between the real and virtual. In response to this condition artists have deveoped new ways of thinking baout, and approaching, materiality. While some revisit traditional craft-based skills or make use of industrial techniques, others use data as a starting point for their work, or investigate the material conditions of our digital existence. Within the exhibition, ordinary objects– a car, a hard drive or an egg– are considered as archaeological finds or narrative devices. Operating within a complex web of relationships, these objects reveal new ways of being, thinking and acting in the world.
Åbäke, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Caroline Achaintre, John Akomfrah & Trevor Mathison, Aaron Angell, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Andrea Büttner, Alexandre da Cunha, Nicolas Deshayes, Benedict Drew, Simon Fujiwara, Martino Gamper, Ryan Gander, Melanie Gilligan, Anthea Hamilton, Will Holder, Alan Kane, Mikhail Karikis, Linder, Rachel Maclean, Ahmet Ögüt (with Liam Gillick, Susan Hiller and Goshka Macuga), Yuri Pattison, Ciara Phillips, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Magali Reus, James Richards, Eileen Simpson & Ben White, Daniel Sinsel, Cally Spooner, Patrick Staff, Imogen Stidworthy, Hayley Tompkins, Jessica Warboys, Stuartt Whipps, Bedwyr Willams, Jesse Wine, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Generously supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme