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Stuart Whipps: If Wishes Were Thrushes, Beggars Would Eat Birds
Dundee Contemporary Arts  |  Free, but booking essential.  Booking Required
Stuart Whipps: If Wishes Were Thrushes, Beggars Would Eat Birds Image
Stuart Whipps: If Wishes Were Thrushes, Beggars Would Eat Birds explores the histories of specific plants and minerals in different parts of the world.

Whipps is known for often making work about things he does not understand or skills that he does not readily possess. This practice of rigorous curiosity and learning has resulted in projects slowly unfolding where the artist has trained in various other professions and disciplines. In recent years this has included restoring a 1979 Mini with the assistance of former British Leyland workers, learning to make geological thin sections at the University of Birmingham and working with a seventeenth-century sign language devised by Sir Christopher Wren.

At the heart of this new exhibition is an exploration of a selection of gardens, and characters and stories connected to them. Through installation, photography, film and sound, Whipps explores ideas of cultivated landscapes through different timeframes and personal narratives connected to specific sites and materials.

The artist's voice will gently guide visitors through a choreographed sequence of moving images projected across a range of digital and analogue forms. This narration gathers together histories and stories from Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland and Mexico, whilst macro and micro images move from industrial scenes of limestone quarrying and cutting, to minute details of leaf veins and organic plant structures.

Within this new research, the artist seeks to question the seeming neutrality of materials such as plants and stones. With this work, Whipps invites us to consider how people have worked with materials over vast periods of time, whether through practical practices of resource extraction or through wider political frameworks of empire building and colonial thinking.

Planning your visit
Please book your free ticket in advance.
Admission for your chosen timeslot will end 15 minutes after the advertised time.
You can stay in the exhibition for an hour after the advertised start of your timeslot.

What to expect
Reduced visitor numbers.
Written and audio guides available in advance in place of guided tours.

Visiting safely
Wear a face covering unless you're exempt from doing so.
Observe social distancing.
Follow directional signage.
Use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands regularly.
Don't visit if you aren't feeling well.

Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.

Free, but booking essential.
Booking Required
Thursday 29th October 2020 11:00am
Friday 30th October 2020 11:00am
Saturday 31st October 2020 11:00am
Sunday 1st November 2020 11:00am
Wednesday 4th November 2020 11:00am
Thursday 5th November 2020 11:00am
Friday 6th November 2020 11:00am
Saturday 7th November 2020 11:00am
Sunday 8th November 2020 11:00am
Wednesday 11th November 2020 11:00am
Thursday 12th November 2020 11:00am
Friday 13th November 2020 11:00am
Saturday 14th November 2020 11:00am
Sunday 15th November 2020 11:00am
Dundee Contemporary Arts
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