kitset at edinburgh science festival

Kitset 2.0 is being exhibited at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. It is featured in an ASCUS–art science collaborative curated exhibition of art works which were informed through consultation and collaboration with scientists. The exhibition runs from March 31 until April 14.

Thanks to Hamer Dodds and the ASCUS committee for their help in facilitating the project.

talk : pecha kucha night edinburgh

I am presenting at the Edinburgh Festival edition of Pecha Kucha Night, this Friday September 3 at InSpace Gallery. My twenty images focus on the development of Dunedin, New Zealand; a colonial town settled by Scots and modelled on the city plan for Edinburgh’s New Town. Some interesting juxtapositions of odd images with place names familiar to the audience should take place.

perceptions of greenland

I have helped to develop Perceptions of Greenland, an exhibition of images by Edinburgh based artists and scientists at Tent Gallery. It aims to reveal parallels in the ways various disciplines observe and interact with this arctic environment and is organised by ASCUS : art science collaborative. Contributors include Mark Eischeid, Hamer Dodds, Pete Nienow, Ian Bartholomew, Jennifer Littlejohn and Malize McBride.

Opening event:  12-2pm, Friday July 16.
The show is visible from the street and will run continuously until July 23.

kitset 2.0

Laser cut model–making plywood, metal rings.

First exhibited at Phylogeny Weekend, John Hope Gateway building, Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, Scotland. February 2010.

Shown as part of a two person show Infinite Fondness, at Wolfson College, Oxford University, England. June 2010.

Exhibited at City Art Centre, as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. April 2012.

A development from the earlier three–dimensional drawing system, this Kitset was created specifically for an exhbition centred around the idea of phylogeny, or the evolutionary development and diversification of species. Modules are still based on the same underlying Penrose tiling geometry as the original Kitset, but are adapted to make them meaningful in a specific scientific context. A secondary timber colour also adds another dimension to a phylogenetic reading of the work.

workshop :

phylogeny weekend

I have developed a new version of Kitset for Phylogeny Weekend, an event organised by Hamer Dodds for the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh. Over the course of the weekend, the concept of phylogeny will be examined through various talks and workshops. These will provide an opportunity for thinkers, makers and players to consider how the interrelated subjects of time, place and relationship inform and affect creative and theoretical practices. Speakers include artist Gerhard Lang and academics Mike Phillips and Chris Speed.


Laser cut model-making plywood, metal rings.
exhibited at line-space-material, a solo exhibition at Evolution House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
August 2009.
and Architecture/ECOLOGY, an academic conference at the University of Sheffield, England.
November 2009.

Very slender, laser cut elements, based on geometry derived from Penrose tiling form a modular three–dimensional drawing system. Kitset is an open–ended piece of work open to collaboration and public engagement. From a simple kit of parts the work generates difference, variety and complexity, while defining and enclosing space. The resulting formations are located between spatial drawing and model–making.

light masonry construction

Two modified slide projectors, coloured filters.
exhibited at line-space-material, a solo exhibition at Evolution House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
August 2009.

Two projectors are placed in opposite corners of the space, with spatially specific inserts to compensate for “keystone” distortion, creating two co–incident orthogonal images. Projective drawing methods, used to generate the complex forms in masonry vaulting, inspired this geometric compensation. Here light, usually considered both ubiquitous and ephemeral, is considered as a material in its own right, through a process of shaping and layering.

cloud light

Half tone image on tracing paper.
4.6m x 3.1m
Exhibited at Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
June 2009

Representing a cloud, itself an accumulation of particles, through the process of half-tone imaging creates an edgeless field where matter is rendered through density, rather than line. Installed across the gallery windows, the work diffuses the light entering the space, producing a soft and subtly changing atmospheric effect.