Open Out 2018
20.02.18 – 25.02.18
We ‘opened out’ the space of the galleries to present a week of performance, installation, artists’ film, contemporary dance and live music, programmed by staff from across the Fruitmarket. Open Out provided an opportunity to experiment with bringing different art forms into the gallery; developing partnerships and introducing new audiences to the Fruitmarket.
The lower gallery became the site of performances, films and instruction works by Andrew Gannon, Emily Speed and Thomas Geiger. This event examined the ways in which live work can be proposed, presented and documented.
Artist Joe Coghill took over the small gallery with his archive of prints, cassette tapes, zines, posters and paraphernalia that apparently documented the life and work of rebel artist and musician John Margotti through the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. The rich historic tapestry woven by this archive gradually unravelled as we pulled at its threads.
A selection of short artists’ films curated by Adam Castle of EAMIF (Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival) were screened, followed by a discussion between Adam and two of the artist filmmakers.
There was a premiere of a new solo dance piece by Eve Mutso. For this commission at Fruitmarket she researched and trained in aerial movement with Mark Gibson at Aerial Edge in Glasgow, and worked on choreography for a piece in which – influenced by the specific context of the gallery – she spun from the beams of the Fruitmarket with her pointe shoes dipped in pigment, leaving traces of her movement in lines onto canvas affixed to the floor. This was accompanied by a soundscape by Merlin Bonning.
An evening of music showcased an all-female line-up including Kathryn Joseph, Bas Jan, Serefina Steer, Sacred Paws, Girl Ray, and Peaness.