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Mutatis Mutandis - the Embassy squats in the Mothership for a Month.

Eleanor Antin (USA)
Yason Banal (Philippines)
Jakup Ferri (Kosovo)
John Kilduff (USA)
David Sherry (UK)
Hirofumi Suda (Japan/UK)
Mare Tralla (Estonia)

2nd-31st Aug '08 at The Embassy Annex, Edinburgh College of Art.
Private View 1st Aug 7-9pm followed by the 5th Annuale Launch Party 9-1am at The Ark, 3 -7 Waterloo Place.

The Exhibition Mutatis Mutandis is an attempt to usher visitors into halls of intrigue. Mutatis Mutandis has an avid interest in macerating the narrative flesh from the bones of objects and rituals. Performing this delicate operation are an exciting array of artists from the UK and further a field who work amongst the stages of fiction, storytelling, civility and post-mythical popular culture, this exhibition loosens up notions of experience. True, there is sadness here, but maneuvering intently between each artist's voyage within the world, is hysterical optimism. From David Sherry's Smoke Break from Self, to John Kilduff's Let's Paint TV, the promise of a better tomorrow can be found in the most unlikely places. By overlaying these works with performances, incidents, and their ephemera, the hierarchy of surfaces, incidents and dimensions are likely to clash. The performance series is an integral component of the exhibition Mutatis Mutandis, as it develops over four weeks. With the necessary alterations and tweaks having been made, the exhibition will finally rest, only to be taken down.

Event – Let’s Paint TV – Live web cast, 5pm on Saturday 16th August, The Embassy Annex, Edinburgh College of Art.

Performance – Mare Tralla, various locations around Edinburgh. Mare will stationing herself around town this week attempting to produce paintings from the citys CCTV network. If your out and about you may well spot her at the locations listed below:

1.08  - 13.00 outside the Playhouse, Leith Walk
- 14.00 Union Street
22. 08. - 16.00 - North Bridge
23. 08 - 8.00 - Easter Road
- 18.00 - Holyrood Road
24. 08 - 11.00 - Hope Street Lane
- 12.00 - corner of George Street & Hanover Street
- 16.00 - various locations on George Street
25.08 - 10.00 - 12.00 Waverley Station

26.08 - 11.00 - Nightingale Way
- 17.30 Conference Square, Bread Street
27.08 - 11.00 in front of Haymarket Station
- 16.00 Princes Street
28.08 - 11.00 around the Parliament
- 16.00 by Scottish National Portrait Gallery
29.08 - 11.00 in front of National Gallery Complex
- 12.30 - Calton Road
30.08 - 12.00 - York Place
- 13.00 - North St Andrew Street
31.08 - 16.30 - Leith Walk ????

Artist’s talk and performance – David Sherry – Thursday 21 August, Hunter Lecture Theatre and The Embassy Annex, Edinburgh College of Art, 6.00-8.00pm

Annuale Coach Tour - in association with The Skinny
Sunday 31st August 1.30 - 5pm

The coach tour will start from our Mutatis Mutandis exhibition at the Art College at 1.30pm – where a secret film will be shown and finishes up at the Bongo Club at 5pm for a one off screening of Jock Mooney’s new film and an end of Annuale drinks session.

The tour will take you on a trip around the historic city of Edinburgh and all the Annuale hot spots -  it will feature work from Annuale artists including Rocca Gutteridge and Sandy Christie. Expect onboard surprises and performances.

This Annuale closing tour will also see the launch of Sat Nav – A new publication by Standby.

The tour is free but there are just 30 spaces available so please email to book your place.


The 5th Edinburgh Annuale

1st Aug- 2nd Sept '08 at venues throughout the city.
See mini-site (coming soon) for details.
Launch Party 9-1am at The Ark, 3 -7 Waterloo Place.

Artoscopic 2
Big Case
Close Up
Come Religiously
Keep on Keeping on
Merge II
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Mutatis Mutandis
Total Kunst


The Annuale, organised by the Embassy Gallery, is now in its fifth year. Running throughout August parallel to the Edinburgh Festivals, it’s an opportunity for local artists and instigators to remind ourselves, the city and its visitors, that we are here. In a range of permanent and temporary venues such as: vacant shop and office units; tenement flats; underground passageways; indoor and outdoor stairwells; public and private gardens; as well as regular and irregular publications, a huge spectrum of creativity is given an extra boost. This year there will be an emphasis on further galvanizing these disparate collectives with a series of salons, artist talks and a symposium highlighting the context of Edinburgh and its complex relationship with contemporary art. We want to highlight the local at a time when the emphasis tends to be on the international. It’s a motivational support network built upon the grassroots foundations that actually function here all year round. A practical and pragmatic camaraderie that says, perhaps we’ll be the bridesmaids, but at least we can have nice frocks.

A full site with a downloadable guide will be available soon. Meanwhile check the link above for the holding page or visit our archive section for last years stuff.



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and Charity No. SC035780