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Edinburgh Festivals

We worked with seven of Edinburgh’s major festivals to bring you a varied programme of events inspired by Speed of Light.

Sun 29 July – Wed 5 September 2012

The Topography of Memory
Thu 16 August, 2-5pm, Edinburgh College of Art
Speed of Light was one of a number of high profile art projects engaging directly with the terrain of landscape during the year’s festivals. Audiences joined artists Angus Farquhar (Speed of Light), Craig Coulthard (Forest Pitch), Claudia Zeiske, Director of Deveron Arts (who will speak about Mihret Kebede’s Slow Marathon) and academics Ed Hollis, Neil Mulholland and Angela McClanahan for a discussion on this area of practice. Together they also considered some of the historic precedents for these works, many of which continue to resonate within individual and collective memory. A collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Art Festival and NVA.

Katri Walker: Artist’s Talk
Fri 10 August 11am-12 noon, Edinbrgh Art Festival Pavilion, St Andrews Square, Edinburgh
Katri Walker’s practice explores the space between contemporary art and documentary filmmaking. As part of Speed of Light’s investigation into the culture of endurance running, Katri was commissioned by NVA in partnership with Edinburgh Art Festival to make a new work that created a document or portrait in response to Speed of Light’s community of runners. This event was an opportunity to meet Katri and to hear her talk about her work and about her approach to this major commission. www.katriwalker.com

Fri 3 – Mon 27 August 2012

The Making of Speed of Light
Wed 22 August, 12noon, Fringe Central
Members of NVA’s team introduced the ambitions of the work, discussed production and design challenges, creative solutions, and shared some of the lessons learned along the way. This event was part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Participants Events Programme, a programme of workshops and panel discussions for artists and participants in the Fringe.

Thu 9 August – Sun 2 September 2012

Athletes and Ideals
Tue 14 August, 2.30pm, The Hub
A panel discussion event on what sport means to us today with Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA; runner and writer Robin Harvie, author of Why We Run, a Story of Obsession; and Professor Douglas Cairns, specialist in the ethics of Ancient Greek society, at the University of Edinburgh. Part of Edinburgh International Festival’s Encounters programme.

Sat 11- Mon 27 August 2012

Sport: Mind Games
A series of talks and events that delved behind the scenes of the sporting world to offer both real and fictional accounts of what it’s really like to be at the cutting edge of professional competition, from the highs of winning to the drugs and the cheating.

Fri 26 October – Sun 4 November 2012

Journeys and Evocations: Arthur’s Seat
Coinciding with the presentation of Speed of Light, the latest in a rich history of responses by artists to the site of the iconic Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival published a collection of writings reflecting on the wealth of folklore and mythology of the hill and the surrounding landmarks. The book was published by Luath Press in August, and launched in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. A number of related events formed part of the International Storytelling Festival in October 2012.

Sat 31 March – Fri 13 April 2012

The Science Festival has worked with NVA from the early development of Speed of Light, researching ways to harvest energy from human movement. As part of Generation Science, the national schools programme, the Science Festival devised a workshop Power From the People – looking at some of the technological challenges we faced. Taking the very real challenges of Speed of Light as a starting point the pupils worked with dynamos, learning how they produce electricity, and explored how power can be generated through human movement. Over 45 Primary schools from across Scotland have taken part, from the central belt to the Highlands and Islands.