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Kirsten Millar

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My work is an enquiry into the Scottish landscape, connecting the archaeological and industrial by looking at the varied and forgotten legacies, tales and manipulations of the environment. It deconstructs conventional images of the Scottish landscape, often romanticised as wild, untouched and separate from modernity and human influence, by eroding the binary categorisation of nature and technology.


Existing in-between fact and fiction, ancient and modern, my work is speculative and slips in and out of time periods by examining the anthroposphere (the part of the environment made or modified by humans). I explore these overlapping relationships using psycho-geographic techniques of ‘drifting’ and ‘playfulness’ by embedding myself within the landscape to connect with unseen and intangible temporalities and histories. These findings are expressed through sound that uses a mixture of archaeoacoustics, acoustic ecology, archival sound and installations that play with archival and collected materials. I extract materials that exist within the landscape, playing with layers of time by referencing artifacts found, structures that exist and those yet to be created using prefabricated industrial and scrap materials. The false dichotomy of nature/technology that informs my research is reflected by my choice of materials that sit on the cusp, opposing and mirroring each other, blurring the lines between organic and synthesised, femme and industrial, escaping categorisation and occupying realms of speculation.

https://kirstenmillar.cargo.site/
2021

Hidden Doors, Edinburgh, September 2021

ECA Masters Show, Edinburgh, August 2021

Digital Travels part of A Space Between, SSA, Online, August 2021



2020

M8+ M8s, broadcast as part of Radiophrenia 20, Glasgow, November 2020

House/Hold, Sculpture Court Show, ECA, Febuary 2020



2019

Dighty Burn soundscape + Instal 1 Quarry soundscape, broadcast as part of Radiophrenia 19, Glasgow, CCA, May 2019



2018

Proposed Costs, Eminent Domain, former Robert Miller Space, West Chelsea District, New York, July 2018

Friction/Site, VAS @ Summerhall SATELLITE, Edinburgh, 26 May - 13 July, 2018

Can Fish Squat?, RSA New Contemporaries, Edinburgh, 2018



2017

Adverse Possession, Freshly Squeezed, Dundee, 2017, (co-curated)

Instal I Quarry, DJCAD Graduate Degree Show, Dundee, 2017




AWARDS


Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarship, ECA, 2019

RSA New Contemporaries, 2018




PUBLICATIONS/WRITING



iQhiya Review published in The Skinny, June 2018

Proposed Costs, 2018

Related Images, multiple artist, 2017

Soundscapes and Landscapes, 3 essays, 2017



EDUCATION


MA Contemporary Art Practice, Distinction, Edinburgh College of Art,

BA Fine Art, First Class Honours, 2017, DJCAD, Dundee University
Instal 1 Quarry, Acoustic steel reflectors, with sound
  • Kirsten Millar
  • Instal 1 Quarry, Acoustic steel reflectors, with sound
  • Installation
Instal 1 Quarry, Back of Acoustic reflectors
  • Kirsten Millar
  • Instal 1 Quarry, Back of Acoustic reflectors
  • Installation
Instal 1 Quarry, Collected gravel from quarry and sound
  • Kirsten Millar
  • Instal 1 Quarry, Collected gravel from quarry and sound
  • Installation
Can Fish Squat? Live water is pumped through pre fabricated materials
  • Kirsten Millar
  • Can Fish Squat? Live water is pumped through pre fabricated materials
  • Installation
Can Fish Squat? Installation and accompanying text
  • Kirsten Millar
  • Can Fish Squat? Installation and accompanying text
  • Installation
live Can Fish Squat? sound of water through gun mic + live sound of contact mic playing vibrations
  • Kirsten Millar
  • live Can Fish Squat? sound of water through gun mic + live sound of contact mic playing vibrations
  • Installation

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