Touch, by Esbat Collective - Opens 27/10/17

Esbat Collective October 2017

Preview 6-8pm Friday 27th October.

''That we exist through technological means shouldn't be news to anybody, but nor is our resistance surprising. Socrates the great luddite objected that the technology of writing would ruin the authentication of memory – plus ca change'' (Gary Zhexi Zhang)

“There is... no air tight divide between virtual and real, online and off” (Nathan Jurgensen)

Touch, curated by members of Edinburgh's Esbat Collective is an exploration of how contemporary art practice is affected by a cultural environment increasingly dominated by digital technology and online networks. Is art becoming lost in the virtual clouds, losing touch with the hands on spaces of studio and art gallery?

The traditional gallery is now just one space among many in which to discover and engage with art work. Some artists reject the gallery space altogether showing their work primarily via web communities such as Instagram, Vimeo, Reddit, etc. Even very traditional makers will showcase their work digitally in the first instance – possibly using image manipulation software – to present it exactly how they want it to be seen.

Encompassing film, objects, printing, painting and costume, 'Touch' is about these interfaces - between making and networking, between real and online community, between what is touched and what is caught behind a screen.
Esbat Collective is a group of women artists who came together for a group show in 2016. Forming a creative community based around studio practice and a shared artistic sensibility, many of them first met at ECA. This will be their 5th show together.

The artists are:
Tessa Berring, Fee Scroggie, Fiona Michie, Komachi Goto, Olivia Irvine, Mel Roy, Rachael Forbes, Caroline Fulton, Penny Forbes, Angela Wingate Burdon, Rosaly Johnston, Julie Louise Bemment, Rebecca Green, Antonia Dickson, Heather Craig, Carolann Alexander, Sarah Wilson and Mary Trodden.


The Moonshine War - Opening Night, 6th August at 7pm

Do join us for the opening night of The Moonshine War, an exhibition of large works on paper by the eclectic arts collective Esbat.   Join us this Saturday 6th August at 7pm, at Otherworld Books, 50 Dalry Road, featuring live poetry and music.

The Moonshine War is an imaginative and fantastical exploration of subjects concerning the moon and it's influence on our lives.  In these large format pictures can be seen dream like distortions, prophetic narratives, fear weighed against enlightenment. 

The familiar is made extraordinary in the world of shadows and night.

Otherworld Books are kindly hosting the show for the month of August, open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 5.30pm until the 31st.

City Primeval - Opening Friday 17th June at 6pm

Delighted to have work in this group show, from the Esbat Collective at Coburg House.

City Primeval is a multi-disciplinary exploration of two worlds - the sophisticated and the wild, binary opposites which cannot exist without each other. The aim of the work is to reflect the constant tension between the civilised and primitive aspects of our nature.

The work is inspired by the pursuit of true satisfaction amidst the transitory temptations of the city, and how it can be found (or lost) in the experience of human closeness, friendship and companionship, but also in knowledge of one's own limitations. 

Exhibiting artists

Carolann Alexander
Tessa Berring
Johanna Bommelin
Heather Craig
Ciara Dunne
Faith Elliott
Penny Forbes
Rachel Forbes
Komachi Goto
Jo Richardson
Mel Roy
Fee Scroggie
Mary Trodden
Marta Tycinska
Sarah Wilson

Part of Embassy Annuale 2016.

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