DOWSER ISSUE 1: THESE ARE THE STONES WE HAVE INSTEAD OF TREES by Helen Nisbet
A6, 36 pages, full colour printing throughout, perfect bound, first edition of 200, 2020
'DOWSER, notes on artists’ moving image in Scotland' is a series of newly commissioned essays, interview transcripts and archival materials which makes available, for the first time, a collated set of resources from which we might begin to plot a history of artists’ moving image in Scotland. Conceived as the necessary groundwork for a critically underreported field, this series hopes to share fragments, positions and testimonies that articulate the development of a now ubiquitous artform with a vivid and unique history in Scotland. Issue 1 (Summer 2020) features curator Helen Nisbet’s “These are the stones we have instead of trees.” Borrowing its title from the pioneering filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait’s ‘The Scale of Things’ (1960), this new essay provides something of a prologue for the series. A Shetlander now based in London, Helen draws upon her own staggered migrations south in order to articulate an account of how place manifests in a person. Helen is Artistic Director for Art Night and curates projects across the UK. She sits on the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council Collection and the Advisory Board for Art Quest and a-n.
DOWSER is a non-profit project. It is available as a free online PDF (via transitarts.co.uk) and in a print edition of 200. The cost of this printed edition is inclusive of a minimum £2.00 donation to the Scottish Refugee Council (Registered Charity: SC008639).