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Observation Psychogeography rag-pickings Signs and Signifiers

The Brutalist Butterfly

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Walking up Lady Lawson Street in Edinburgh, I stopped for a closer look at Argyle House, an office block dating from 1968, designed by the architectural practice of Michael Laird & Partners.  The building has many critics and is often described as an ‘eyesore’ and one of Edinburgh’s ‘ugliest buildings’. It appears to exist under a constant threat of erasure from property developers, and the City of Edinburgh Council, proposing new (re)development schemes.

The façade which borders the north side of West Port and the junction of Lady Lawson Street is very much of the brutalist box style. All right angles, rectangular windows and the material heft of concrete and harling.

Today, walking in behind the building, I see it from a different angle. The hidden curves, the windows as light reflecting scales. It takes on the appearance of some brutalist insect, flexing its wings, as if about to fly.

Now playing: Asva – Futurists Against the Ocean.

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Observation Psychogeography Some Questions of the Drift

Some Questions of the Drift

Weather vane, NSEW, blue sky, light
Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy

I ask you: 

– What is the weight of light?

– Clarice Lispector

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Merchant's House, Kirkcaldy
Merchant’s House, Kirkcaldy

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 – What are the colours of time?

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Merchant's House Kirkcaldy II
Merchant’s House Kirkcaldy II

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 – What are the sounds of the stones?

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 – When does the inside become the outside?

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Rosyth Church - East Gable Inner - from West
Rosyth Church – East Gable Inner – from West

Gravestone, decay, erosion
St Cuthbert’s Churchyard, Edinburgh

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– What would the trees think?

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Scot's Pine - Devilla Forest, Fife
Devilla Forest, Fife

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Limekilns, Fife

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– What is the geography of a butterfly?

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Lochore Meadows, Fife

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– What is the shape of flight?

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– When does the local become  – the universal?

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Burntisland from The Binn
Burntisland from The Binn

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– Where does the sky begin?

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Digbeth Derive
Digbeth, Birmingham

– What is the taste of place?

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Cafe now Open – Digbeth Birmingham

 

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Custard Factory, Digbeth

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– Where are the energy flows?

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Abandoned factory, Digbeth

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– What is the future of the past?

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Watching over Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

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George Square, Glasgow
George Square, Glasgow

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 – Who controls this space?

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 – Who determines the boundary?

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Hadrian’s Wall
Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall
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Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Sauchiehall Street Glasgow

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–  Where is the coldness of the sun?

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– What is the gravity of the moon?

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at Mogwai play Zidane, Broomielaw, Glasgow
at Mogwai play Zidane, Broomielaw, Glasgow
Rosyth Station, Car Park
Rosyth Station, Car Park

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– Where is the boundary of night?

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Under Regent Bridge, Calton Road, Edinburgh (Callum Innes installation).
Under Regent Bridge, Calton Road, Edinburgh (Callum Innes installation).

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Where is the future of  freedom?

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Stirling Jail car park mural. Detail from Freedom Versions v.1
Stirling Jail car park mural. Detail from Freedom Versions v.1

– What is the distance of love?

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Berlin Wall, late 1980s. Looking towards the East
Berlin Wall, late 1980s. Looking towards the East

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Opening quote from Clarice Lispector’s The Hour of the Star.

The photos of the Berlin Wall are from an inter-railing trip in the late 1980s. It was a coincidence to rediscover them in an old shoebox on the day that it was announced Lou Reed had died.  I can still vividly recall a lurid, orange BASF cassette being pressed into my hand in the school playground. “Listen to this!”  It was a recording of Rock n Roll Animal. Things changed.

I can still remember a number of the cassettes that travelled in the rucksack on that inter-railing adventure. Berlin was certainly one of them.

Now playing: Lou Reed – Berlin. RIP LR.