For this new project Scott Rogers presents a single-channel video work, The Rowan Feeds the Blackbird, the Blackbird Sows the Rowan, focussing on the political and ecological implications of ‘mutualism’. Explored through the local environment of Collective's home on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, this new work will present the site as both subject and proof-of-concept for mutualistic forms of organisation.
'Mutualism' is a term drawn from biology and nature studies that describes relationships between different species where each share the benefits (including food, reproduction, protection etc) that occur from their connection. Considered more broadly mutualism makes the case for densely layered forms of reciprocity between species and offers an alternative narrative to those that construct nature as inherently competitive or aggressive.
Join us live online as Scott introduces the premiere of The Rowan Feeds the Blackbird, the Blackbird Sows the Rowan and answers questions in the chat function.
Free event, donations requested. Please book in advance via Eventbrite.
Scott Rogers lives in Glasgow. His practice is focused on human encounters with nature, and the complex interdependencies that underpin them. He has recently presented work at the Kamias Triennial (Manila, PH), the Tetley (Leeds, UK), Hospitalfield (Arbroath, SCT), Gallery Malmo (Edinburgh, SCT), Aldea (Bergen, NO), Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (SCT), Oracle (Berlin, DE), and Franz Kaka (Toronto, CA). He has upcoming projects with Untitled Art Society (Calgary, CA), and Haus Wien (AT)
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.
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