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Collective Observations:
Laura Yuile & Nora O Murchú

Gated Community

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5 Nov 2020  


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Laura Yuile's recent film work, Gated Community, commissioned by Collective during lockdown, examines how our homes became multi-functional spaces for work, care, self-improvement (or not), staying connected and imagining how our society might change. Filmed entirely from her flat, the work has a DIY aesthetic and uses TV Sitcom tropes to depict the life of its central characters.

At this live online event, Laura Yuile and curator Nora O Murchú will be in conversation exploring some of Gated Community's themes. They will focus on ideas explored in the film, including how the role of screen-based technologies changed through the COVID-19 emergency, how the information we see on our screens is tailored to our consumer profile, and how this shapes our understanding of what is going on in the world, enabling and limiting our access to services, products and entertainment.

Free event, donations requested. Please book in advance via Eventbrite.

Laura Yuile is an artist from Glasgow and currently based in London. She has exhibited internationally at venues including; Science Gallery (London); TACO! (London); nGbK (Berlin); Belvedere 21 (Vienna); Apexart (New York); Blackwood Gallery (Toronto); t-space (Milan); Recent Activity (Birmingham) and Generator (Dundee). She has undertaken residencies with; The Art House (Wakefield); ZK/U (Berlin); Temporary Art Platform (Beirut); and IOAM (Beijing). Laura participated in Collective’s Satellites Programme in 2014 and was an Associate Artist with Open School East in 2015. Alongside her gallery-based work, she has initiated a number of projects that intervene with the everyday, commercial spaces that her work is engaged with. This includes the podcast series ASSET ARREST, which takes a critical approach to financialised housing.

Nora O Murchú is the Artistic Director of transmediale festival in Berlin. As an independent curator, O Murchú has over a decade of experience in digital arts, curating exhibitions and events for institutions including Akademie Schloss Solitude, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, The Science Gallery, and ZKM Karlsruhe. Notable exhibitions included Coded After Lovelace at Whitebox Gallery in New York and Land/Sea/Signal at Rua Red in Dublin. They have held positions as a research associate for the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, and CRUMB at the University of Sunderland.

Collective Observations
Historically observations made from the City Observatory on Calton Hill, have re-shaped how we view and relate to the world around us. It is where astronomers observed and calculated accurate time, aiding ships docked in Leith to navigate and connecting Edinburgh to the world. It is also where the artist Robert Barker created the first panorama, expanding the pictorial field and horizon. As custodians of this site, Collective are inspired by the history of ingenuity but we understand that narrative of progress is incomplete and complicated.

This autumn we present Collective Observations - a series of online events which explore these complications, re-question the dominant narratives of the past, and consider these in our current social and political landscape.

All events will be captioned or have live transcription.

Online Event Code of Conduct
Collective is dedicated to providing a harassment-free online environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion.

We ask all participants to be respectful, to listen to the moderator and other participants, and not to dominate the conversation. Read our full Code of Conduct here


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