'The Thick and The Sticky' took place in May 2018 at the proposed site of the incinerator, showcasing a commission of new work by emerging artist Yvette Bathgate.
Bathgate's work was developed in response to the environmental questions situated within the project questioning: How do we begin to feel more personally about the air we breathe?
It’s a presumption that everyone has a right to breathe clean air, however we can see globally and locally that the quality of air is not equal.
Working with available research on the effects of air pollution on our health, and in specific response to the proposed incinerator site she developed ‘The Thick and The Sticky’, an audio work exploring a hypothetical narrative in which we might imagine a future act of breathing at this site. As Bathgate asked us to imagine the thickening of the air around us as it travels within our bodies, the tensions were revealed in the air as both life giving and dangerous.
The event was supported by Curatorial Studio, a project devised by Kirsteen Macdonald and delivered by Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN).
About Yvette Bathgate
The Anthropocene defines an age where human impact on Earth has been so detrimental to our planet that a shift has occurred, placing humanity as a geological factor in which a new epoch began.
Looking both forward and backward through time, Yvette speculates futures and reflects on histories, forming new narratives. Taking inspiration from archaeological processes, she collates fragments from past civilisations in order to piece together cultural narratives based on the material objects left behind. She considers the materials that our contemporary, and near future cultures will leave behind and how this may shape the way archaeologists of the deep future interpret our time.
Yvette graduated in 2017 from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. She is currently a graduate in residence in Gray's School of Art and one of the co - founders of Tendency Towards an artist - run initiative in Aberdeen.
Website: Yvette Bathgate
We were delighted to receive a critical text in response to the event from Caroline Gausden.
Caroline is a writer, curator and environmental activist based in Aberdeen who previously worked with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) to produce a three year series on the subjects of hospitality and support. She holds a practice based PhD in social art practice as a feminist manifesto from Gray's School of Art.
Photo credit: Rory Barclay