Over this past weekend, Suhee and I transformed the streetfront TENT Gallery into a performative public installation called the Centre for Endless Growth.
We worked on a low-impact platform as much as possible. Because of this, the installation took several months of gathering materials — many of which were discarded by previous artists — and was not formally planned out until we began building it.
The name Endless Growth, while partially a commentary on our contemporary inflated idea of growth in economy and production, is also a call to examine an endless cycle of life and death. This cycle is one which leads to a different kind of growth, a growth that the forest displays so well in its lush, vibrant understory.
Endless Growth is an active workspace for catalyzing new ways of thinking about growth. Whether private, public, or academic, it offers us a model for how our current methodologies in research and development could benefit from the presence of real growth. It raises the possibility that perhaps simply, habitually, putting ourselves in these sorts of places offers an idea of growth which can re-frame how a society thinks and acts.
Open to the public to browse and connect, the installation runs from 7 – 11 April.
Edinburgh College of Art
78 West Port, EH1 2LE
Hours: 10am – 5pm