Katie Paterson, Ciara Phillips and others


To lovers of art who find themselves in Edinburgh, I’d like to recommend the latest edition of the "NOW" exhibition series at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One).

The exhibition focusses on the oeuvre of Scottish artist Katie Paterson, whose work – as perhaps some might remember - were on show in Vienna in 2012 with "Inside this Desert" at BAWAG Contemporary. And many of the pieces shown at that time are also included this time: "Earth-Moon-Earth", for example, for which the Moonlight Sonata in Morse code was sent to the moon, reflected from there - in this step parts were "swallowed" in its shadows and unevennesses - and the result finally back-transcibed on Earth. In the exhibition, a self-playing grand piano plays the work thus created.

But also a relatively new work, or one that will not been completed for some time yet, is presented, namely "Future Library". A forest has been planted in Norway for a future library, which will supply the paper for an anthology to be published in the year 2114. Until then, each year a different writer, such as Elif Shafak, Margaret Atwood or Sjón, will contribute a text. These texts will be kept under lock and key until they are completed in number, and will only be presented in Oslo in 2114. (

"Earth-Moon-Earth" and the "Future Library" should be mentioned here as examples of Katie Paterson's work. Roughly and in general, one can perhaps say that her work focusses on the poetization of science, or about an open and poetic approach towards its parameters.

The other participating artists, whose positions are a peripherically thematic fit for Paterson's works, add nuances to the exhibition, as for instance photographs by Darren Almond - and it’s always a pleasure to see them.




Julia Maurer





Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)

75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh EH4 3DR

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Header, 1: Katie Paterson, “Earth-Moon-Earth”,, published under Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0