Students from across the University of Edinburgh are presenting their exploratory works at a new type of student exhibition, entitled Trading Zone. The 2018 edition includes virtual data landscapes retrieved from the reverberations of Hurricane Katrina, mushroom built Gothic spires and explorations of the earth-born cracks and tangles of our language systems. 

The exhibition, open from the 26 May to 23 June at the University's Talbot Rice Gallery, showcases the incredible and unusual collaborative work being done by students from all years of study and creative backgrounds. Trading Zone includes work from across the University of Edinburgh’s College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, including work from students of Architecture, Art, Contemporary Art Practice, Fine Art, History of Art, Creative Writing, Digital Composition and Performance, Music, Creative Music Practice, Design, Design Informatics and Intermedia.

“The work that is being presented is all thoroughly exciting, engaging, and incredibly diverse – it’s definitely a 'come and see' type of exhibition,” said exhibitor, Doug McCausland, MSc Digital Composition and Performance.

Doug is exhibiting his performance series called Glossolalia, which heavily critiques the insidious and subversive nature of late-night conservative rural US radio broadcasts.

“The highlight of working on Trading Zone has been the curators' openness and transparency throughout the process, their accommodating nature and enthusiasm for the work of the students involved: their input has been invaluable! I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work with the Talbot Rice Gallery as part of the Trading Zone exhibition”.

PhD students, Asad Khan (Architecture - PhD) and Eleni-Ira Panourgia (Art - PhD), have combined their different practices to present a single exhibition. “I proposed to Asad that we submit a proposal for Trading Zone, as this cross-disciplinary and experimental context seemed to form an ideal place to showcase our work. Trading Zone gives us the opportunity to disseminate part of our research and explore its impact and potential in an exhibition context”.

Louisa Love, MFA, Contemporary Art Practice, was invited to be part of the exhibit and has created an installation developed specifically for the Round Room Gallery.

“I was invited to be part of the show after meeting with the director of Talbot Rice - Tessa Giblin - to talk about my work. It is incredible to have the opportunity to fully realise my work in such a public context and in such a great gallery space.”  

Another student installation peels back the fabric of the exhibition venue to reveal its hidden memories. Students have cut into a temporary wall and added old photos of Old College and the gallery into the newly created space.

Assistant Curator James Clegg said: "Propelled by contemporary ideas, this innovative group exhibition will foster a broader vision of cultural practice where art, design, music or film might intersect with law, architecture, business or economics.”

More than 300 students engaged in the development of Trading Zone. The work of 21 artists will be on show.

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