James Richards: Migratory Motor Complex

James Richards, Migratory Motor Complex. Six channel audio installation, 2017. Image courtesy the artist and Wales in Venice. Photo: Mark Blower.

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James Richards’ interest lies in the possibility of the private amidst the chaos of everyday media. His work makes use of a growing bank of material that includes found and recorded sound, cinema, works by other artists, camcorder footage, murky late-night TV and archival research.

Richards’ exhibition features Migratory Motor Complex, a six-channel electro-acoustic installation that explores the capacity of sound to render artificial spaces and locate sonic and melodic events within them. Woven throughout the piece are re-occurring vocal and musical motifs that have been developed in collaboration with Kirsten Evans and Samuel Williams, students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The work is tuned in situ, with Richards reacting to the acoustic contingencies of the City Dome to create a cinematic and multi-sensory experience.

Curated and produced by Chapter for Wales in Venice, 2017, with support from Arts Council of Wales, Wales Arts International, Welsh Government and British Council. A new iteration for James Richards' first solo show in Scotland is made possible with support from the Art Fund.


26 July – 20 October

Tues - Sun, 10am – 5pm


City Observatory and City Dome
38 Calton Hill,
Edinburgh, EH7 5AA