Artist Patrick Staff as discussed the ideas and themes behind his new Observers’ Walk, To Those In Search of Immunity, commissioned specially by Collective as part of the 2017 Edinburgh Art Festival programme.
Using research into the ecology and botanical formations of Calton Hill, To Those In Search of Immunity melds essay, memoir, and story to examine illness, health, and both the social and individual body. Exploring ideas of immunity and the possible effects of ingestion and the constitution of substances on the body, Staff's Observers' Walk reflects social concerns such as: sex, gender and the construction of community.
Patrick Staff is an interdisciplinary artist who works with film, installation, dance and performance to investigate dissent, labour and the queer body. Through collaborative projects their work explores the ways that stories of counter-cultures and radical activity have been told and retold.