© Ross Birrell. Courtesy the Artist
Being & Time (2012), Ross Birrell

Counterpoint showcases new commissioned work by eight contemporary artists who question the social role and function of art. As a non-thematic exhibition, the artists' enquiries into the contemporary world present distinct voices that cross, divide or collude in philosophical refrains, poetry, science fiction and the aesthetics of everyday life. The installations, including confetti cannons, a bowling alley and full-size street lamps, allude to performance and participation, and invite an active political engagement with debates about technology, utopia and the Scottish Referendum. 

The active aspect of Counterpoint is extended by a programme of events including performances by Jeans & MacDonald, Ortonandon and Alexa Hare (see reverse for full details). As part of GENERATION and Edinburgh Art Festival, Counterpoint is a generative survey of artists emerging at different points during the last 25 years and a celebration of the transformative and re-interpretative nature of creative practice.

With support from Creative Scotland and EXPO

Artists at this exhibition


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