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Scotland’s contribution to the 11th architecture biennale in Venice is shown in these photos by Gareth Kennedy. Titled A Gathering Place, it’s just that. Located close to the train station it receives lots of non-biennale visitors, and through careful siting, it functions both as a lookout and a shelter spot where discussions are held. Despite the ‘stairs to nowhere’ effect, it struck me as a very optimistic structure… and I really enjoy seeing such elegant use of sterling board.

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My recent work has involved making objects that use ‘technologies of their time’ in order to reflect on questions of memory, nostalgia and the gaps in collective histories. This has sometimes involved recording a sound or image digitally and ‘translating’ it into an analogue technology. (I know I’m treading all kinds of fine lines here).

Typically this gives the recorded image or sound a much more ‘thing’-like’ quality: unreliable memories, expressions and conversations suddenly become more solid and weighty. Vinyl acetates, 35mm slide film, magnetic VHS tape – all these technolgies are thrown into a kind of sculptural relief when imagined alongside the floating ephemera of mp3s, tiffs and jpegs. Read the rest of this entry »

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