Slow Prototype introduced three international contemporary artists to the rural North East of Scotland, through collaborations with artist-artisans, who become their hosts. In order for them to move beyond the default positions – of artist providing the ideas while the artisan the hands – the curatorial framework introduced one obstruction: the artist must not ask the artisan to make their work for them, and vice-versa. As the field was levelled, both parties found new positions and forms of negotiation in order to produce work together.
Slow Prototype, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, with curatorial support from Nuno Sacramento.
I developed a work around an appreciation of tools. Simple tools like hammers and saws building a project with Forbes Leslie the local farmer and Jim Buchanan my father who is a retired joiner. The project became a meditation on the model of sustainability that both these men embodied.