Notions of remoteness with Jura-based art show

World Organ - an outside sound sculpture created by Giles Perring on Jura.

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With the Isle of Jura at its heart, an exciting new art exhibition is about to hit the road.

‘Exposure’ is a collaboration between Jura-based musician, sound artist and photographer Giles Perring and filmmaker and painter Andy Metcalf, carried out principally on the island.

This summer the show will tour Scotland, starting on June 17 with a five-week stay at Dunoon Burgh Hall before coming almost full circle and reaching Oban’s Rockfield Centre in March next year.

The project’s producer Kirsty Law explained: ‘Through painting, photography, sound installation and film, this work explores the brute nature of landscape and the vulnerability of human expression.

‘It interacts with some of Scotland’s most beautiful and striking land and sea scapes and will be toured to very contrasting locations, from the centre of industrial Glasgow in a converted old print works, Civic House, to a gallery in a disused Free Church on a dramatic headland on the wild west side of the Isle of Lewis.’

Exposure harnesses video, painting, 35mm and medium format photography, text, sound installation and performance to depict the many facets of the uneasy experience of human relationship with a harsh island environment.

This work brings together two perspectives – the familiar and the ‘outside eye’.

For Metcalf, Jura is far-flung, whereas for Perring it is his every day. The dialogue sparked by these two responses begs questions around what defines our sense of ‘remote’.

This exhibit features the sounds of the newly launched World Organ – an outside sound sculpture created by Giles Perring on Jura built to listen to, respond to and shape the sound of the landscape that surrounds it.

The result is a generative piece of music and which Giles has streamed live, 24/7, since he launched this project in August 2020.