REMOTE Goings On In The Scottish Highlands

By Christine Barlow | 08 November 2002
inspired by the branding and management of the countryside Cavan Convery takes a wry look at interpretative panels.

Left: inspired by the branding and management of the countryside Cavan Convery takes a wry look at interpretative panels.

The Iona Gallery in Kingussie, Inverness-shire is hosting an exhibition featuring seven artists working with new technologies until November 16. 'REMOTE' is their response to the social and physical environments of the Cairngorms.

REMOTE looks at what remote means in the 21st century, as new technology enables communication with the outside world almost anywhere.

Cavan Convery's ironic take on the usefulness of interpretive panels.

Right: Cavan Convery's ironic take on the usefulness of interpretive panels.

Artists include Thomson and Craighead, radioqualia, Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson and Cavan Convery. The work was the result of residencies in the area during the summer of 2002.

Thomson and Craighead exhibit two new web based works: 'The Price of Freedom' uses four lines from John Barbour's poem 'The Bruce' and represents them as a series of domain names for resale. The second is an online letter making the case for the twinning of Newtonmore and Las Vegas.

Thomson and Craighead have re-presented lines from John Barbour's epic poem 'The Bruce' as a series of domain names for re-sale.

Left: Thomson and Craighead have re-presented lines from John Barbour's epic poem 'The Bruce' as a series of domain names for re-sale.

radioqualia were resident at Makrolab - a temporary art and science laboratory near Blair Atholl. They exhibit 'listening stations' - an ongoing project to intercept signals from space and make them audible, via an online radio station. Signals collected include those from Jupiter and the sun.

The road from Dalwhinnie to Laggan in the Scottish Highlands - 'the most dangerous road in Britain' - is the inspiration for Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson's projects. One, an interactive sound sculpture based on a 3-d representation of the A889, was inspired by the fairground 'Wonky Wire' game.

If I follow you, do we make a path? by Simon Fildes & Katrina McPherson takes an online look at the A889 - 'the most dangerous road in Britain'.

Right: If I follow you, do we make a path? by Simon Fildes & Katrina McPherson takes an online look at the A889 - 'the most dangerous road in Britain'.

Cavan Convery's 'Ground Truth' is an on-line geographical information system of data, collected by a remote roving platform that records images and sounds, overlaid on a 3-D contour map of the Cairngorms.

REMOTE is a collaboration between New Media Scotland and Highland Research.

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