Site specific art

Bellfield, Edinburgh, sept  2018

audio | image | text

Marking our territory | some observations on using public space:Wherever we inhabit, even temporarily, as we walk, we pass, we sit, we consider, where do we choose to sit, To occupy. Temporarily. Through the act of using the public space we are in, we somehow feel it belongs to us. Our ground. For that moment.Its a hot sunny day today on Portobello Beach. Where do we choose to sit. To spend our time. We’re a daytripper. We find that space that is undervisited. Under used. Just for us. For that moment. We put our things down. Our bag. Our picnic. A blanket. We create our perimeter. Draw a line around our clothing and it becomes a stage. A moment to be captured. For those who might be looking. The everyday becomes others entertainment. Its a script with no beginning, no end. Collectively, our communal stage.



Site specific art

“Amongst the most continously surviving native peoples living today, the traditional indigenous groups inhabiting the central western desert in Australia, there is an explicit awareness of the interplay between the constitution of a territory and the eruption of the refrain and its implulse to becoming music.” 1

Song has long been used as a territorial marker, or indeed sound making in many forms, as a way to mark out one’s relation to one’s land, even though such places cannot be construed as private property.

I invite you now to take a seat. In this space for performance. To listen. To hear. To observe.

1 Elizabeth Grosz: Chaos, territory, art: Deleuze and the framing of the earth, 2008. Columbia University Press.