Dates: 5 July - 30 August 2014
Venue: An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris
Working with media including photography, video, sound and sculpture, Dalziel + Scullion confront and challenge our supposition that how it is, is how it needs to be. They explore alternative models for living using the environment of Scotland for inspiration, particularly the epic dramas wrought out in macro and micro habitats. These complex narratives, played-out in diverse landscapes, serve to heighten our perspective on the human vacuum we inhabit.
In this ambitious two-part work, they explore ideas around urbanization. In a world where for the first time in human history, more than half the global population live in towns and cities, Dalziel + Scullion look to a colony of seabirds where in excess of 170,000 birds converge to breed and rear their young each year. Here cacophonies of guttural accents accompany territorial squabbles, coquettish preening, stolid incubation and frenzied feeding: exuberant yet highly evolved lifestyles that have adapted to harsh and testing conditions.