Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog, 2007) Herzog has returned again and again in various ways to the theme of social isolation, from the eternal, pestilential loneliness of the vampire in ‘Nosferatu’ to the solitary death of the eponymous (and real) ‘Grizzly Man’ who loved bears more than people but found out…

To complement the recent Modern Pilgrimages tour to various sites in the west of Scotland, Timespan’s maker in residence Deirdre Nelson and I collaborated on a small offering for the ruined Cistercian abbey at Kinloss in Moray. This sheep 3D printed gold with local white wool; the Cistercian monks would have kept sheep, and the…

During the week of Timespan’s True North conference (6th-7th March), myself and Timespan’s maker in residence Deirdre Nelson collaborated on a small (very small) intervention for the (also very small) streets of Helmsdale. As a nod to the village’s origins as a place where humans were relocated so sheep could graze the land, we made…

Some objects from Timespan’s store rooms, not normally seen by the public. I’m fully ozonated now I’ve found this (Improved) Ozonator, with lovely gilt thistle engraving. A slighter safer ozone-making technology is still in use nowadays, mainly used to sterilise water. But I’m old school so I love courting the premature death, asthma, bronchitis, heart…

The 3D printer is exciting, and seeing something come out of it is still a novel enough experience to be thrilling even if the objects themselves have a definite 3D printed look that I’ve yet to get used to. The 3D printer has a learning curve that is like walking a Scottish hillside; from a…

“Is it art? Well, how is it valued? The value depends upon opinion, opinion depends on the experts, a faker like Elmyr makes fools of the experts, so who’s the expert? Who’s the faker?” Orson Welles in F for Fake. When I start thinking about making real objects from digital data, I start thinking: “What…

One of the themes of my residency is remoteness. Technology genuinely can bring people together and make life easier, as posited by the Californian techno-utopianism that still limps on in some corners of the internet, despite its heyday being the mid 1990s. The thing is, technology doesn’t always work optimally (and sometimes not at all)…

In advance of the 3D printing and fabrication equipment’s arrival– eagerly anticipated not only by me but also by virtually everyone I’ve spoken to– I have some time to think about, among other things: Salmon fishing. Fishing trophies are mostly not fish; they’re simulacra of fish, the skin of the animal that was caught, stretched…