The windows of The Collective look out onto Argyll Street, Edinburgh’s
famous shopping mile, whose coffee bars and fashion stores came handy
for inspiration. Using both roasted and unroasted coffee beans we reconstructed
a naturally pixelated version of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna's famous
Visiting the Gallery one enters bright a room which a double hinged
door conects/separarates from the adjoining dark space. A photograph
of a peacock is presented in the first room, succo pieces (typical for
Edinburgh) in the corner of the ceiling too. The dark space is filled
with the deep voice of Father Seamus who explains the functionality
and crafted beauty of the double hinged weighted door of his Monastry.
It inspired the copy we created inside the gallery. Another video is
on dispaly. Haunting sounds of raven, peacocks and a gorilla cutting
the air. The window is blackened out, as if refurbishment is under way
- the brushstrokes still visible.
Both rooms were metaphorically linked by an imaginary scenery of Autumn
rolling hills, made up from lentils of different colour. The lentils
(like the coffee beans) were loosely stacked inside a narrow gap between
the window pane and a back support which was vissible from inside. Over
time the dimension of these images inevitably change as the seeds follow
gravity and collapse all together when the show gets dismantled.