Five Weeks, Five Shows

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What is Food - McDonalds 1/4 Pounder with Live Plant on exhibit at Tent Gallery, Edinburgh (Patrick Lydon and Vero Alanis, 2012)

The Art, Space & Nature program at The University of Edinburgh is producing five gallery shows in five weeks at the school’s street-front Tent Gallery space, each with a different theme, and each engaging with the community and a roster of speakers and workshop leaders. This means a bunch of work, but also an opportunity to think and produce things on the fly.

Last week, with food as the theme, I worked with postgraduate Sustainable Design student Vero Alanis to create this cute little piece of work…

What is Food - McDonalds 1/4 Pounder with Live Plant on exhibit at Tent Gallery, Edinburgh (Patrick Lydon and Vero Alanis, 2012)
What is Food – McDonalds 1/4 Pounder with Live Plant on exhibit at Tent Gallery, Edinburgh (Patrick Lydon and Vero Alanis, 2012)

Being that is was a burger with a hole in it and a plant growing straight out of the center, it attracted a little bit of attention from the street, some elated — kids or kids at heart — and some a little less so — snooty moms?

What is Food - McDonalds 1/4 Pounder with Live Plant on exhibit at Tent Gallery, Edinburgh (Patrick Lydon and Vero Alanis, 2012)
What is Food – McDonalds 1/4 Pounder with Live Plant on exhibit at Tent Gallery, Edinburgh (Patrick Lydon and Vero Alanis, 2012)

This week I’m cooking up a piece that is also agriculture related (of course) and uses a bit of footage from my recent trip to East Asian natural rice farms. Here’s the diagram of what I’ll try to produce this week… makes perfect sense, right?

Project sketch for ASN dual-channel video installation (Patrick Lydon, 2012)
Project sketch for ASN dual-channel video installation (Patrick Lydon, 2012)

My projects here in Edinburgh are generally revolving around bringing agricultural and resource awareness into the urban consciousness — a re-connection — and perhaps getting a bit of those old critical thinking gears churning.

Or maybe it’s just about juxtaposing silly things together for shits and giggles.

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