The exhibition presented material relating to the projects previous public events and a new commissioned work from artist Alison Scott.
‘Burning Questions: A space for letter writing, printing, speaking and listening…’ was an installation which 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 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 Trade Unions and radical publishing. Using text and slogans appropriated from archival material, the work draws on Aberdeen’s rich history of protest and recognises a continuity between environmental and air pollution issues past and present.
The work operated as a temporary infrastructure within the exhibition. The Lending An Ear area featured interviews with campaigners Al Spence and Catherine Cowie recounting their memories of specific meetings and encounters within this narrative. The installation also hosted a letter writing station with a computer and printer available for public use, free of charge. Visitors could use this resource to write, edit and print letters to voice their opinions or objections to the incinerator. Scott also provided Paper for Objections specially designed risograph print editions, which were available for printing onto, or to take away as posters.
The installation acted 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.
Website: Alison Scott