Movement exhibition

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Image: Movement exhibition

This exhibition features highlights from the University Archives and Art Collection around the theme of movement.  On display are previously unseen artworks and archive material from our Collections which represent the kinetic energy and joy of movement in a variety of surprising ways. 

Movement is the annual exhibition from the Culture on Campus initiative, which is a collaborative project between the Art Collection, University Archives and the Macrobert Arts Centre to develop a creative environment where creative thinking and creative acts are at the heart of our identity as a place of learning. Included in the exhibition are photographs and objects from the University Archives including photographs from the Edinburgh Film Guild, and the Lindsay Anderson archive.

It will also explore how artists including Alan Davie, Katy Dove and Jennifer Wicks have creatively responded to the theme of movement. Music provided inspiration for Alan Davie’s artwork. He was a jazz saxophonist early on in his career and also played piano, cello and bass clarinet.  His artworks included symbols found in sources as varied as jazz music, pottery, maps, ancient rock carvings and Aboriginal art.

The exhibition will feature a film piece Seuls ensemble by artist Jennifer Wicks which was made in response to her 2022 artistic residency at the University Art Collection, specifically looking at the work of Norman McLaren whose archive is held by the University.  Seuls ensemble is a visual translation of music that takes McLaren’s Pas de Deux as a starting point and deconstructs it to explore the mechanics of movement, temporality, perception, and gender roles.


Image: Zurich Improvisations VII’ (Lithograph, 2/25 ) by Alan Davie (1920-2014).

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