The opening of British Art Show 8 (BAS8) in Edinburgh as part of the Hayward Touring has been announced. The exhibition, which opened in a single venue, Leeds Art Gallery, in October 2015, will now take over three historic galleries: Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; and Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. The curators, Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, have devised the exhibition in Edinburgh so that each of the three parts functions as a self-contained show, while also forming part of a coherent whole. The Edinburgh showing of BAS8 will include several new additions as well as variations on works previously shown in Leeds.
British Art Show 8 considers the many ways in which artists are engaging with new thinking around materiality at a time of increasing convergence between the real and the virtual. While some artists revisit traditional craft-based skills or make use of industrial techniques, others use digital material as a starting point for their work.
Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, Curators of BAS8, said: “We are excited that British Art Show 8 will continue to develop throughout its tour. In Edinburgh, we are delighted to present major additions to the exhibition by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Ryan Gander and Jesse Wine, as well as new iterations of projects by Pablo Bronstein, Benedict Drew, Will Holder, Ciara Phillips, Laure Prouvost, Eileen Simpson & Ben White, Jessica Warboys and Stuart Whipps.”
Highlights include: Ryan Gander’s installation Fieldwork (2015) will take over the main exhibition space at Talbot Rice Gallery, where 32 objects from the artist’s personal collection revolve on a vast conveyor belt, only visible through a 1m square aperture in the gallery wall.
Jesse Wine has created a newly commissioned work for Inverleith House. He will present new ceramic sculptures that will be suspended from the ceiling in the Victorian Palm House at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
A full-scale airplane propeller will rotate at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, as part of an installation by artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin. Dodo relates to the filming of the Hollywood version of Joseph Heller’s satirical World War II novel Catch-22 in a remote part of Mexico, and is being shown in the UK for the first time.
A new painting has been created by Jessica Warboys in the sea off the coast of Scotland for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Benedict Drew will take over Talbot Rice Gallery’s grand Georgian Gallery with a newly expanded video-installation.
Typographer Will Holder will intersperse a number of short texts by American poet Susan Howe throughout the exhibition, as part of an ongoing investigation into the organisation of language around artworks.
An expanded version of Laure Prouvost’s audio-work will now occupy an entire gallery at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Stuart Whipps continues the reconstruction of his 1979 Mini, replacing the chassis which was shown in Leeds with the engine. His ultimate aim is to drive the car to the final venue, Southampton, at the end of the BAS8 tour.
An expanded version of Eileen Simpson & Ben White’s Auditory Learning, with eight record-players producing an original composition from out of copyright music, will be presented at Talbot Rice Gallery.
Inverleith House will present a wall work by Pablo Bronstein, featuring imagery of machinery from the Industrial Revolution.