Black Wood Exhibition by ASN1

Whilst the main ASN studio is cleared for the final year’s Masters Degree Show, ASN1 mounted their final Semester 2 project. Following the field trip to the Black Wood of Rannoch, the students held a group exhibition at Edinburgh’s Patriothall Gallery. The exhibition featured individual responses to this environment – a Highland remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest which once covered most of the landscape below 1,500 feet.

Natalia Bezerra

Networks by Natalia Bezerra

The complexity and interconnectivity of the ecosystem was explored by Natalia Bezerra in, Networks, a linear wall drawing and by Cody Lukas Anderson in Pine.

Cody Lukas Anderson

The Extended Body by Cody Lukas Anderson

The Extended Body, a complex installation in which two pine trees were visually connected across space by a series of mirrors.

The order underlying complexity was developed through a series of screen prints, suspended in front of a geometric, monochromatic wall painting, in Equilibrium, by Audrey Yeo, which took the bark of the Scot’s Pine (Pinus sylvestris) as its subject.

Audrey Yeo

Equilibrium by Audrey Yeo

Similarly, Luis Guzman used a transparent cube to represent modernity as a separate context to the natural, which is presented as a fragment within the cube in Capture. The work draws attention to the complex architectural structures in the living lichen and mosses on a decaying tree branch.

Luis Guzman

Capture by Luis Guzman

Becky Sutton used the field trip to continue her studies in perception, through photography and film. Here she made a film of the detail in the waterline. A still image from the film was presented in the exhibition as part of a mirrored installation at floor level, entitled The Waterline.

Becky Sutton

Waterline by Becky Sutton

Relating the landscape to both time and traditional Chinese ink painting, Jiao Di presents a two-piece work in Shanshui. In the first a series of wooden rods were stained in peat and arranged to infer a landscape painted in subtle ink washes. The second highlighted a series of ‘mountains’ in a four-section linear photograph of wave forms on the surface of Loch Rannoch.

Jiao Di

Shanshui by Jiao Di


ASN final year student, Mungki Dewi, recently presented a further two outputs from her ongoing research into biophyllic imagery being used to slow viewers in the urban environment. Both projects used video, specifically filmed in the landscape by Mungki.

The work is developed from current research into therapeutic aspects of biophyllic art practice. See also –  Blue


Mungki’s Tent exhibition explored the ideas of using moving imagery to project calming, natural imagery – bringing the landscape into the city.



Stills from the films



Six analogue monitors were displayed within Tent Gallery, oriented to be viewed from outside, each monitor showed films of reflections captured on water surfaces.



The length of each film and the sequencing varied, with black screen edited in. This created a dynamic display, starting with each monitor displaying different films, then some displayed the same film whilst some displayed blank screen. The sequenced, rhythm of the display echoing the movement of the filmed imagery.




On Thursday and Friday, 25-26 January, IN TIME was back-projected from the upper floor windows of John Knox’s House in Edinburgh. The tranquil film captured the movement of leaves blown by the wind in glistening sun light, in a mesmeric flow. The presence of ‘green’ in a ‘grey’ environment acted as an unexpected visual experience in the city’s bustling High Street.






a leaf, a dream

Yulia and Yurika had never met before, and they wouldn’t ever have if they had different names, looks, or chosen occupations. Yet, the similar sounding names, similar body build and similar occupation was enough of a premise for them to be introduced through a collaborative art project.

They agreed to monitor transformations during this period of seasonal change in Scotland and in Japan: over the last few weeks Yulia has been gathering fallen leaves, while at the same time Yurika has been gathering her dreams. Yulia covers each leaf with golden paint, Yurika draws images of what she had seen in her dreams. The exhibition will evolve as both keep adding new dreams and new leaves.

The exhibitions run simultaneously from the 21st November 2016 in Tent Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland and in Container Gallery, U8 Projects in Komaki, Japan.


Container Gallery, U8 Projects view:

Container Gallery, Komaki, Japan


Tent Gallery view:

Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

ECA’s ASN Graduates at Aichi Triennale 2016, Nagoya, Japan

ECA’s Art, Space & Nature Masters graduates (2016) Yulia Kovanova and Olivia Tutton are collaborating on a multi-media art installation for one of Japan’s most prestigious art events Aichi Triennale 2016.

Oasis 21

Oasis 21, Nagoya, Japan

TONN (meaning ‘wave’ in Scottish Gaelic) is a light, sound and poetry installation in the city centre of Nagoya, Japan, at the Oasis 21 transport interchange.

The piece brings the experience of Scottish waves translated through the movement of light, poetry and sound, to create a performance that injects natural dynamics into this hi-tech urban structure.

This performance is realised through partnership between The Aichi University of the Arts (AUA), Nagoya, and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), The University of Edinburgh, as a partnership project of Aichi Triennnale 2016 and with support through UNESCO as a cultural exchange between UNESCO Creative Cities for the cities of Nagoya, Japan and Edinburgh, Scotland. Performed on 19th October, 2016  as part of live ‘PIANO TRIGGER’ event, TONN is a public installation where lights on Oasis 21 follow the natural waveforms of the Scottish oceanic waves with poem written into the visuals and sound broadcasted onto the streets of central Nagoya.

The world’s oceanic body, covering the majority of the Earth’s surface, links the two lands. A ripple on the surface of the ocean is the motion of the entire ocean. Similarly, a wave experienced off the shore of Scotland resonates on the Japanese islands. It might be imperceivable immediately through the limited human senses, yet holds beautifully on the delicate fabric of the planet.


Invited by Isao Suiz (director) and Ikumasa Hayashi (coordinator), the Scottish part of the performance (TONN) is realised by artists Yulia Kovanova (concept and visual part), Olivia Tutton (poetry), with translation into Japanese by Kohei Sakamoto and Catriona AndersonLars Koens (sound) and Pete Smith (sound recording). Japanese collaborators include Okuto Inoue (PIANO TRIGGER sound performance) and Yuga Noro (system architect and composer).

Lecturer Ross Mclean, who is the coordinator of the MMU between Edinburgh College of Art and Aichi University of the Arts, sees the project as an excellent demonstration of collaborative opportunity built through long term engagement between the two institutions, while working in partnership with UNESCO and Aichi Triennale 2016.

Indulgent, giggling with diamonds in each ear
Draped heavy over sculpted arms
Bells on ankles

I see myself
Framed in your many mirrors

Trace me with your shivers
Rain your glitter
To drown me

O, love, pearly splendour
Never far from thunder
The white blanket of pain
Dulls your diamonds, leaves a stain

Sapphire spheres you hurl high
Foreseen yet so curdling –
Shatter through perfection

Rage rage, never show your face
Body stands tall,
Melancholy flung overs shoulders

You bully –
Running, tripping, slipping
Suspense steals my breath…

I glow
To shake your quest

I bestow
Scarlet fury eyes
Hum, allow me to cradle

Envelope this weakened body
Collecting your scatters, tucking in your lengthy limbs
Ruby heart hangs heavy
















CLUSTER at ECCI, Edinburgh International Science Festival

Art Space and Nature students recently exhibited as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, with an exhibition at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation [ECCI].  The exhibition explored carbon in its many forms, whilst working within the context of the state of the art building and ECCI’s approach to creating a low carbon future.

Photographs : Sam Sucík

‘animot’ at Tent Gallery : 17-22 April

‘animot’, was an exhibition resulting from a series of discussions and reading groups initiated by Edinburgh College of Art PhD student Ronald Binnie. By addressing the ethical issues involved in the use of the animal body in contemporary art, the exhibition presented alternatives to anthropocentric culture.


Bookmarks Book Fair : 24 March

MA and MFA students of Art, Space and Nature recently exhibited a selection of artist books at the Bookmarks Artist Book Fair on the 24 March, at Edinburgh College of Art’s sculpture court.  A selection of handbound books with handmade papers, illustrations, photography and poetry were exhibited at the Book Fair, reflecting on travel, physical mark making and the incomprehensibility of the universe.


Fieldwork in Outlandia

MA / MFA Art Space and Nature recently returned from five days spent undertaking fieldwork at Outlandia in Glen Nevis.  Each with individual fields of research, fieldwork took students to hidden mystical caves, out onto the shores in nearby Knoydart, and precarious trails to the Steall falls in the Glen.

An exhibition of works in progress, themed around fieldwork undertaken at Outlandia, will open on 9 December at Tent Gallery.

Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia

30 July – 30 August 2015

Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2015, Tent Gallery presents ‘Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia’.

Performances from Outlandia sees performance and sound works originally created at Outlandia by 20 artists, poets, writers, musicians and members of the Nevis community, contained within a sculptural environment inside the Tent Gallery.

Through performance, these artists from Scotland, England, Wales and the Faroe Islands responded to Outlandia’s distinctive geographical forest location, overlooked by the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands. The exhibition is curated by Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson (Outlandia / London Fieldworks) in association with Art Space & Nature (ECA), and includes performance works by Bram Thomas Arnold; Ruth Barker; Ed Baxter and Resonance Radio Orchestra with Tam Dean Burn; Johnny Brown with Band of Holy Joy; Clair Chinnery; Alec Finlay and Ken Coburn; Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly; Benedict Drew; Goodiepal; Sarah Kenchington; Lisa O’Brien; Lee Patterson; Michael Pedersen and Ziggy Campbell; Geoff Sample; Mark Vernon/Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist; Tracey Warr; Tony White.

The performances and sound works were originally commissioned for Remote Performances, a series of radio broadcasts from Outlandia, co-produced by London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm, with support from Arts Council England, the Nevis Landscape Partnership, Oxford Brookes University and Forestry Commission Scotland.

ASN Students visit the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

This year’s ASN students made a trip to Perth this past week to present design proposals to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The students designed a small garden space, with the intent of commemorating Scottish scientist James Croll. The proposals will be reviewed by the RSGS and the public, with the chance to implement one of the designs in the near future.

Thank you to Mike Robinson, Fraser Shand, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for hosting ASN and presenting this opportunity!

More information about the Royal Scottish Geographical Society can be found here.