Edinburgh’s Collective arts centre has a trio of displays featuring in its extensive summer programme, with the stated aim of exploring ‘how the legacies of the past can be reconsidered and re-presented to help us re-imagine the present and future’:
backwash is an exhibition of new work by Camara Taylor, comprising new video and mixed-media work, relating to their ongoing conversation with Scottish Waterways and a collection of public papers spanning several centuries. Camara is a participant in Satellites, the centre’s development programme for emergent practitioners based in Scotland.
A new animated installation by Ruth Ewan, The Beast homes in on the Scottish-American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and his namesake Diplodocus carnegii, looking at intersecting ideas around power, exploitation, culture and the history of capitalism. Presented alongside archival material, the animation has been co-written with Professor of Theatre Studies and Marxist magician Dr Ian Saville.
And, billed as a ‘research resource’, A Matter of Precedents by Annette Krauss is a long-term research project reflects on Collective’s move to the City Observatory site, which has been designated a ‘common good asset’.