Book launch:
Towards a City Observatory

Collective, Edinburgh

June 14, 2017

Book launch:
Towards a City Observatory

City Observatory and City Dome
38 Calton Hill 
Edinburgh EH7 5AA
United Kingdom

“If the institution is, then, a machine that produces specific subjects, what can be asked of transforming, not the factory into a gallery, nor the gallery into a space of immaterial labour, but the historical observatory into a contemporary gallery?”
–Simon Sheikh

In 2018, Collective will open its new home—the restored City Observatory on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. 

Reflecting on the long journey undertaken to reach this point, Towards a City Observatory: Constellations of art, collaboration and locality, invites artists, writers and thinkers to imagine a new kind of observatory, which brings people together through contemporary art. 

The publication represents a moment of pause for Collective on the threshold of change and considers some of its pivotal projects from the past five years to inform the future. Towards a City Observatory features contributions from Charles Esche, Lesley Young, Simon Sheikh, Emma Hedditch, Wendelen van Oldenborough, Sharam Khosravi and many more of the peers who have helped to make Collective a plural entity since it was formed in 1984. The book is designed by Abake with a limited edition of 200 include a unique bi-colour edge.

Editor: Kate Gray
Chapter Editors: Julie Crawshaw, Fiona Jardine, Angela McClanahan, Jenny Richards and Frances Stacey.
Publication contributors: Simon Sheikh, Charles Esche, Lesley Young, Lisette Josephides, Susannah Thompson, Harry Weeks, Anna McLauchlan, Nils Norman, Emma Hedditch, Kate Strain, Sam Barton Schlee, Chloe Cooper, Charlotte Knox-Williams, Richard Baxstrom, Wendelen van Oldenborgh, Richard J. Williams, Jenny Richards, James N Hutchinson, Alison Hulme and Shahram Khosravi
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