‘THIS IS NOT A CITY: TRAVELS IN THE URBAN IMAGINARY’
“Shall we come to a reality like this visioned city of the Future?”
Abigale’s research for her residency at The Telfer Gallery will journey through visions of the city. Utopian and dystopian, the imaginary urban is a complex universe of opposites, not much unlike the real cities we live in today. As sites of civil progress and technological advancement, it is no surprise that the city is a landscape most frequented by science fiction authors, who often imply that our habitation of them is the ultimate finality.
“The City is as old as time and continuous with it.”
Using the model of the science fiction novel, Abigale will specifically focus on how these visions are articulated through language, and how the built environment is as much a product of the mind as it is an extraneous phenomenon. The city can be seen as a kind of language, and like language, it is a constructed means of imposing rationality upon the world. If this language can be refracted through the lens of fictional alternatives, can different perspectives be generated? If so, the author assumes a responsibility, imbued with the power to manipulate reality, as Ballard suggests, “it is now less and less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel – the writer’s task is to invent the reality”.
This is not a city. This is a mind-scape, a digital network, a microcosm, a morphopolis. This is at once the past, the present and the future. This is both real and un-real, fiction and actuality, utopian, dystopian and heterotopian.
Abigale will host a series of interactive events over the course of her residency, including; an online ’round table’ discussion in which invitees will contribute to conversations surrounding this subject, a live and dynamic conversation curated in partnership with Scottish Book Trust for Edinburgh Art Festival 2015.
27 August 2015:
Dr Sarah Lappin
Studio work in the form of prints and publications which will be developed to support this period of research. The culmination of this research project will be presented at The Telfer Gallery in early 2016.
2015 Programme Artist in Residence: Abigale Neate-Wilson
2nd Feb 2015 -
29th Jan 2016