A Machine for Making Authenticity

Alastair Clark, Jessica Crisp, Anupa Gardener, Catherine Hiley and Jodi Le Bigre, 2019. Courtesy of Edinburgh Printmakers.

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A Machine for Making Authenticity plays on the transformation of Edinburgh Printmaker’s new building at Castle Mills from a site of mass industrial manufacture to one of handmade artistic production. The title borrows a phrase from James Clifford’s 1988 book The Predicament of Culture, in which Clifford explores how the status of cultural objects can change over time, according to the value conferred on them by the museum or gallery: from ‘curiosity’ to ‘art’; ‘souvenir’ to ‘ethnographic artifact’.

The print technicians at Edinburgh Printmakers typically work with artists to create print editions – as a machine for making authenticity – but here
their own work is showcased, together with a printmaking machine which will allow visitors to produce an unlimited edition print to take away, designed collaboratively with the artists: Alastair ClarkAnupa GardnerCatherine HileyJessica Crisp and Jodi Le Bigre with independent curator David Gilbert.

Supported by Creative Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council.


26 July – 12 October

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