Summerhall

Susan Hiller: Resounding

1 August – 26 September 2014

Susan Hiller, Resounding detail, Courtesy of the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Resounding is a new work by American-born, London-based artist Susan Hiller. Concerned with unearthing the forgotten or repressed, Hiller is one of the most influential artists working today and has become renowned for her large-scale multi-media installations. Using processes of collecting and archiving, her work explores collective experiences of subconscious and unconscious thought and paranormal activity.

 

This new work combines sound frequencies and visual patterns translated from radio waves emitted by the Big Bang with a series of eye-witness accounts of extraterrestrial phenomena referencing cosmology, dreams and contemporary visionary experiences.

 

 

Mon-Sun, 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

 

Summerhall

1 Summerhall, EH9 1QH

0131 560 1590

www.summerhall.co.uk

Summerhall

Claude Closky: 10, 20, 30 and 40%

1 August – 26 September 2014

Claude Closky, Going Around In Circles (Essex), 2013, interactive video installation

Leading French conceptual artist Claude Closky invites the public to make a mouse click, initiating the rotation of an already wonky projected landscape. As the image spins faster, the sounds of the countryside reverberate with the deceleration and finally cease, dependent on the viewers interaction. The title Going Around In Circles mixes two situations - that of the figured, through circular motion, and the figurative, going nowhere.

 

Other works will also be exhibited in Closky's first exhibition in Scotland for over ten years.

 

 

Mon-Sun, 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

 

Summerhall

1 Summerhall, EH9 1QH

0131 560 1590

www.summerhall.co.uk

Summerhall

FAILE & Båst

1 August – 26 September 2014

FAILE and Båst, FAILE Båst Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, 2013

Featuring newly-designed interactive games for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, The FAILE BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade Edinburgh 2014 invites visitors to take a turn with specially programmed video games and pinball machines or play a round of psychedelic foosball. This Edinburgh installation marks the first ever showing by the artists in Scotland.

 

Brooklyn-based FAILE are a duo comprising of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller; for Deluxx Fluxx they join forces with the street artist Bäst. Their aim to make art less sterile, more fun and accessible to a broader audience, creating a space that is "a magical wonderland of weirdness and art." Harkening back to the golden age of arcade games, contemporary punk rock and graffiti culture, this neon-laden, interactive and DIY-feeling installation takes the form of a classic video arcade. A second exhibition of new paintings entitled Vestige Board Paintings fuse the practices of the urban interventionists, interrupting the Summerhall compound.

 

FAILE's work is constructed from found visual imagery, and blurs the line between "high" and "low" culture. Recent exhibitions have demonstrated an emphasis on audience participation, the critiquing of consumerism, and the incorporation of religious media, architecture, and site-specific, archival research into their work.

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Kennardphillipps: Demo Talk

1 August – 26 September 2014

Courtesy of the artists

We don't see the work as separate to social and political movements that are confronting established political and economic systems. We see it as part of those movements, the visual arm of protest.


Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps are a collaborative duo who have been working since 2002 to produce art in response to the invasion of Iraq. Their practice has evolved to confront power and war across the globe. This August, they will perform Demo Talk, an artists' talk that transforms into a physical demonstration of the methods they use in making their visual cries of protest against corrupt power. The aim of this work is to inhabit the space between action and inaction, audience and artist, producer and consumer, citizen and politician. Demo Talk takes place in the War on War Room, a space where kennardphillipps' posters, prints and assemblages form an installation of dissent.


Kennardphillipps create work which is made for the street, the gallery, the web, newspapers and magazines; which informs workshops they lead, developing people's skills and helping them to express their thoughts on what's happening in the world through visual means. The workshop outcomes act as a critical tool, connecting to international movements for social and political change. 

 

 

Mon-Sun, 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

 

Summerhall

1 Summerhall, EH9 1QH

0131 560 1590

www.summerhall.co.uk

Summerhall

Gary Baseman

1 August – 26 September 2014

Gary Baseman, Mythical Homeland, installation shot, courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Gallery, Venice, California

 

Gary Baseman's Mythical Homeland delves into the real and imagined histories of generations past, interpreting the Holocaust and its lasting effects on culture and identity. Drawings, paintings and photographs and a short film documentary entitled Mythical Creatures are installed in a literal birch tree forest, referencing the very environment into which Baseman's father fled and survived among other freedom fighters during World War II. The landscapes feature Baseman's iconic characters (Toby, the Happy Idiot, ChouChou and the Wild Girls) congregating with new, and even human figures, some who represent the artist's ancestors. With heart and curiosity, through humour and poignancy, Baseman addresses the secrets and truth of his family's past, interpreting the complex and layered history of Jews from ancient times to the present. This is the Los Angeles artist's first solo exhibition in the UK.

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Antonio O'Connell: Virus

1 August – 26 September 2014

Antonio O'Connell, Metaphor of a Virus, Courtesy of the artist

Antonio O'Connell is a Mexican installation artist and architect who creates extensions and intrusions into buildings using recycled materials and items from a building's past. O'Connell confronts concepts relating to the pragmatic and ontological purposes of space and form through architectural interventions. He is fascinated by the contrasting characteristics of architecture, exploring the dichotomy of function through the ephemerality of his structures. These structures reflect the reality of a contrasting world - where imagination is a luxury for some but a necessity for others. His work embodies the viral aspect of a decaying capitalist system, with an ironic view of construction traditions in both his country of origin - a developing country - and the iconic and spectacular cityscapes of the developed world.

 

O'Connell questions the role architecture and art play in closing the gap between developing and developed societies. This gap is a conceptual space that needs to be designed by all, not only architects or artists, in a world that is actually not united by technology and the immediate access to information, but by our quickly deteriorating environment.

 

For this Edinburgh Festival O'Connell will create a new major work at the front of Summerhall's building, incorporating some of the former Vet School's fixtures and fittings.

 

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Tamsyn Challenger: Monoculture

1 August – 26 September 2014

Tamsyn Challenger, Monoculture, 2013

Monoculture is derived from an agricultural term that identifies the industrial farming of a large scale single crop. 

 

During 2012 and early 2013, political artist Tamsyn Challenger created a series of works whilst in residence at Beaconsfield Space, Vauxhall, which comprised elements of habitual performance, viral infiltration, a small farm, feminine identity and the impacts of social media; drawing parallels with historical modes of control and mass cultivation.

 

These themes informed an installation premiered in February 2013 that sought to link earlier forms of human suppression by pseudo-sexual torture (predominantly exacted upon women who asserted their individuality) with cultural homogenisation on a global scale. The sculpture is highly coloured, using the trademark blues of Facebook and Twitter, and some of the objects are decorated with text taken from social networks. 

 

Mon-Sun, 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

 

Summerhall

1 Summerhall, EH9 1QH

0131 560 1590

www.summerhall.co.uk

Summerhall

Augustin Rebetez: Heart (Meteorite)

1 August – 26 September 2014

Courtesy of the artist

Swiss artist Augustin Rebetez has developed his own mysterious universe in which images confront one another - abuzz with discordant interaction. Heart (Meteorite) brings together strange monotonous beasts, ornate stop-motion videos and rapidly assembled humanoid sculptures, depicting the tragedy and comedy of Rebetez's bittersweet universe.

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

 

Summerhall

Caroline McNairn: Dreaming of heroic days.

1 August – 26 September 2014

Caroline McNairn, In the Making, Courtesy of City Art Centre, Edinburgh

This exhibition celebrates Caroline McNairn's (1955-2010) year spent painting in Russia and Ukraine. This was the culmination of a historic cultural exchange between Scotland and the former USSR organised by Andrew Brown, director of Edinburgh's 396 Gallery and Baroness Smith, then chairman of the GB-USSR-Friendship Society. McNairn's painting was profoundly influenced by this cultural intercourse, describing her stay in Moscow as a love affair with the city, and the resulting paintings as the visual equivalent of love poems.  

 

One of the paintings exhibited, Looking Outside (now owned by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art), was exhibited in the ground-breaking exhibition of Scottish painting in Moscow in 1989. Many of the other paintings displayed reflect McNairn's time with the Kievsky Station Group in Russia – paintings which are in McNairn's words "something beautiful for Russia". They portray memories of the eclectic Moscow skyline - onion domes and Stalinist skyscrapers fractured by time, distance, and the confusion of post-communist disorder.

 

Presented by Beyond Borders UK and supported by Friends of Caroline McNairn

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Demarco European Art Foundation

1 August – 26 September 2014

Courtesy of the Demarco European Art Foundation

Professor Richard Demarco CBE was born in Edinburgh in 1930. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1953 and subsequently taught as the Art Master at Duns Scotus Academy, Edinburgh. One of the original founders of The Traverse Theatre and Art Gallery, Richard has been a focal point in the Edinburgh art scene for the past sixty years. In 1966 he founded The Richard Demarco Gallery before establishing The Demarco European Art Foundation. Throughout his life Richard has forged friendships, building long-lasting connections between Scotland and Europe as well as The British Commonwealth. His forging of relationships within the worlds of art, science and academia has been internationally recognised. He has received many awards including the European Parliament Medal designating him as 2013 European Citizen of Year. Most recently he received The Edinburgh Award 2014. For seven years he was Kingston University's Professor of European Cultural Studies (1992 – 2000). The Demarco Archive is a unique academic resource, part of it under the aegis of The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the major part of it is housed at Summerhall.

 

 

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Ignaz Cassar: 444 Archives

1 August – 26 September 2014

Courtesy of the artist

444 Archives turns the archival principle of conservation against itself.  It is an installation based on photographic artwork; it is a collection of 444 photographs of 444 publicly registered repositories in the Greater London area. Each photograph is stored in one of the 444 archival boxes. However, the grey cardboard archival boxes, typical of the visual language of archive, act in this work not solely as a protecting case for the archived record but as a pinhole camera.

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Lindsay Todd: Living Mountain

1 August – 26 September 2014

Jeff Keen, Noise Art, 2013, Courtesy of Lindsay Todd

In a specially designed 'record shop', graphic designer, vinyl record collector and label owner Todd will be spinning discs daily and allowing visitors to browse and buy LPs, audio cassettes and CDs of his own works and those of the many avant garde artists and musicians who have contributed to a resurgence in artist's recordings as a major area of artistic practice.

 

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Birgir Andrésson: The Northernmost North

1 August – 26 September 2014

Birgir Andrésson (1955 - 2007) used conceptual strategies to explore aspects of Icelandic culture and national identity. Raised in a home for the blind as the sighted child of blind parents, Andrésson was particularly attuned to the relationship between language and perception. 

 

A signature element in Andrésson's work is the use of colour, in particular the set of colours he designated as being uniquely "Icelandic" in the 1980s. Creating a fictional Pantone colour set inspired by the natural surroundings of Iceland, Andrésson often displayed them as large-scale wall paintings featuring a block of colour with its number and title. They resemble an amplified version of a colour swatch - the paintings playfully commenting on popular representations of Iceland. Andrésson used these colours as a kind of visual language, assigning Icelandic colours to existing cultural artifacts such as classic black and white Hollywood films in the series Black and White Classics in Icelandic colours. Similarly, he created a series of portraits in which individuals are represented through textual descriptions, drawn from sources such as reports of criminals and missing persons, rendered in the same style as the Icelandic colour swatches. 

 

The relevant boundaries of Summerhall will be marked by the four large painted works the Northernmost North, the Easternmost East, the Southernmost South and the Westernmost West - turning the entire building into an Andrésson work. 

 

 

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm 

Outside August: Mon-Sun, 11am-6pm

Summerhall

Genesis & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge: Life as a Cheap Suitcase (Pandrogeny & A Search for a Unified Identity)

1 August – 26 September 2014

Genesis & Lady Jane Brayer P-Orridge

This is the first British exhibition by influential avant-garde artists Genesis and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge since 2003, featuring the European premiere of major works from their Pandrogyne project. Featuring explicit images of the artists’ bodies, religious iconography and the British Royal Family, the works are often uncomfortable; challenging the status quo through their visceral, occasionally shocking nature. The artists promote an alternative lifestyle to the prescribed nuclear family, directly attacking conservative society's smug self-belief in the 'Big Society' and its relationship to democracy in a Rennaissance inspired alchemical search for Divine perfection and evolutionary proposals for a HumanE Species. Ultimately the work is traditional at its core, with the body as a central image and seeking transcendant visionary change towards a non-violent future for humankind.  

 

Summerhall

1 Summerhall, EH9 1QH

0131 560 1590

www.summerhall.co.uk