Within the final exhibition, Alison Scott presents ‘Burning Questions: A space for letter writing, printing, speaking and listening…’ an installation focused on our contemporary capacity to protest, shout, sing and generally ‘mouth off’ with attention given to who’s voice is authored and more importantly who’s isn’t within the projects political narrative.
The work has followed a period of research with the Aberdeen University Archives to gather a sense of history of the forms of protest in the city, including examples of action by the Trades union, radial publishing and Aberdeen’s People’s Press. Using text and slogans appropriated from archival material, the work draws on Aberdeen’s rich history of protest and recognizes a continuity between environmental and air pollution issues past and present.
The work operates as a temporary infrastructure within the exhibition. The Lending An Ear area features interviews with campaigners Al Spence and Catherine Cowie recounting their memories of specific meetings and encounters within this narrative. The installation also hosts a letter writing station, with a computer and printer available for public use, free of charge. Visitors can use this resource to write or edit and print letters to voice their opinions or objections which will be gathered and taken to Aberdeen City Council at the end of the exhibition. Scott has provided Paper for Objections specially designed risograph print editions, which are available for printing onto, or to take away as posters.
The installation acts as both an infrastructure for action and a disruption to the existing buildings architecture, suggesting the power of institutional constructs in shaping how space is used and how voices are heard.
About Alison Scott
Alison Scott is an artist based in Glasgow. Her practice is focused on specific contexts and materials, with overarching concerns of our connection to authored, social and earth histories as they appear in contemporary life. Alison’s work is led by research methodologies with written and collaborative practices as an important aspect of the process of exhibition making. She graduated in 2014 from Art, Philosophy & Contemporary Practices at DJCAD, Dundee and has recently taken part in residencies at Timespan, Helmsdale, and Edinburgh Art Festival, with projects at CCA Glasgow, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and WASPS Meadowmill, Dundee.
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