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The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India

The Latvian artist Andris Eglitis stood at the door of a structure that in shape resembled an over-sized house-tent you might find at a drive-in camp site.   It was constructed with poles and wires to hold up the roofs but large enough to walk inside, with a couple of interlocking rooms.   Except that it was made of […]

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Protected: The Bench Project

Protected: The Bench Project

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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The First Edinburgh Festival

The First Edinburgh Festival

“For some time previous to the Festival, the concourse of strangers towards Edinburgh was unexampled.”   The year was 1815. “From England, and the remotest parts of Scotland, individuals and whole families poured into the city.   Every house and every room that could be obtained was occupied by persons of all ranks and ages…” […]

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First Week on the Festival

First Week on the Festival

Written in haste, a quick run-down of what I’ve seen and liked in the 2016 Edinburgh festival thus far. With some shades of the film Source Code, Stop the Train is a grown-ups’ musical,  sexy and sophisticated in issues and attitudes.   Its sharp, singable and selling out.  The action starts when an old and eccentrically white male threatens lives on an […]

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Shocked – 2016 Fringe

Shocked – 2016 Fringe

In the front row of an intimate Fringe venue on Saturday night audience a young woman kept turning around to look at me,  and others  behind her,  with her eyes open wide, her expression clearly asking – what is going on here?  How am I meant to react?  What am I watching? In show I witnessed in my […]

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Art Festival Fringe contd

Art Festival Fringe contd

Scotland’s oldest private art gallery says it may seek a festival listing next year – in the Fringe programme. The Scottish Gallery is one of three major  galleries on Dundas Street, centre of Edinburgh’s art trade, that are out of the Edinburgh Art Festival this year.   The Fine Art Society is another grand dame of the Scottish trade, […]

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Art Festival Fringe

Art Festival Fringe

Call it ‘beyond the art festival’, or the Edinburgh Art Festival Fringe. Within Edinburgh, there are several  private galleries with significant exhibitions, particularly for the collector in various budget ranges,   that  are not in the line-up of this year’s festival. Outwith the city, there are also several promising shows, perhaps for mid-August, when you need a […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – The Empire Builders

Edinburgh Fringe – The Empire Builders

In the bear pit of 2,500 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe,  this multi-award winning play from Istanbul may be making festival history,  but it’s just another production struggling for a bit of attention.   On the other hand, it has a bear of an actor at the heart of it. NOTE:  This was my review of the Empire Builders in […]

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Harmonium – Edinburgh International Festival

Harmonium – Edinburgh International Festival

There’s a moment in the festivals when after tearing around for a while, sometimes weeks, you can stop and say: I’ve seen something special, truly memorable, to take away this year.    I can relax. It happened last night, on opening night.    Harmonium was utterly mesmerising, perhaps the best thing I’d seen through a dozen years in […]

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Fruitmarket – Phyllida Barlow

Fruitmarket – Phyllida Barlow

The esteemed former keeper of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Duncan Thomson, had one of the few seats for Phyllida Barlow’s talk on her show at the Fruitmarket.   He piped up to ask  the disarmingly simple question of her sculptures:  ‘Why do they look the way they are?’. Barlow looked non plussed by the question. […]

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Moon landing – Edinburgh Art Festival

Moon landing – Edinburgh Art Festival

What weighs 150 kilograms, is nearly eight metres round, and is made of several thousand pieces of polysterene wrapped in old text book pages and jammed closely together to resemble the surface of a pitted planet? The full answer is Aggregation 06-JN028, the work of Korean artist Kwan Young Chun, from 2006.   This giant, photogenic, Pluto-like object […]

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Impossible Objects – MC Escher

Impossible Objects – MC Escher

  In 1970 the influential California art critic Thomas Albright wrote in Rolling Stone magazine  that Maurits Cornelis Escher, then 71, had “finally arrived”.    MC Escher’s work had featured in the Whole Earth Catalogue (favoured by the counterculture for its psychedelic qualities)  in several US museums and “will easily be found in any of the standard anthologies of […]

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Actinic:  Tintypes

Actinic: Tintypes

For the love of Tintypes About seven years ago, photographer Sheila Masson took a curious vintage photograph that she’d bought home to show her father, who’d worked for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, for 35 years.  “I said ‘I don’t know what it is, it’s really weird’, and he said ‘that’s a tintype’. I had […]

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Emergence – Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Emergence – Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Emergence – Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop – first look Sculpture is frankly a closed book to me, but I dropped by the Emergence show at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop on Friday night, an exhibition of work from last year’s courses.     It is open today [11/07/15] and continues on Sunday, with some demonstration workshops in the […]

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