What time is it on Venus? What will be read by unborn people? Is it possible to plant a forest using saplings from the oldest tree on earth? Can we make ink to be read only under moonlight? Katie Paterson’s Ideas pose questions about deep time, and the limit of what is real and what is imagined. In the largest site responsive presentation of the work to date, one hundred existing and newly created Ideas have been brought together and installed across selected locations at the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus. The Ideas are located across an array of buildings (both outside and in), as well as in gardens, grounds and hidden and unexpected places, at varying levels, high and low. Each short text concerns the landscape, the universe, or an expanded sense of earthly and geological time. Ideas is a permanent commissioned by the University of Edinburgh’s College of Science and Engineering, and is open to visit daily.
In this podcast, Katie Paterson and writer Andri Snær Magnason talk about the world we live in, the catastrophic consequences of the human race’s behaviour, and how art can be a power of change.
To Burn, Forest, Fire consists of the scent of the first-ever forest on earth and the scent of the last forest of the age of climate crisis, made into incense. It was burned across a variety of sites around the city of Helsinki in 2021, as IHME’s 2021 commission. Visit our new website to explore films, texts, and more.
The Art (and Pop Culture) of Getting Long Time
As we move towards 2022 so many of us are burnt out and overwhelmed: by the pandemic; by the uncertainty of the future; and by huge challenges like climate change, systemic racism, and inequality. The Long Time Academy is a new podcast that steps into this space with one clear message: changing the way we choose to engage with time can be life-changing, both when it comes to the problems we’re facing day to day, and to the huge threats we’re facing as a species. Brian Eno, Katie Paterson, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Anab Jain, Jeremy Lent and Sherri Mitchell are part of a 40 strong faculty who have come together to teach one of the most important classes of 2021. Hosted by co-founder of The Long Time Project, Ella Saltmarshe, The Long Time Academy hopes to give listeners a sense of spaciousness, awe and passion to become good ancestors.
Earth Beats, October 4, 2021 – February 6, 2022, Zurich, Switzerland
To Burn, Forest, Fire | Art, Science, Ecology: Katie Paterson, Jan Zalasiewicz, J Sakari Salonen
To Burn, Forest, Fire | Katie Paterson and David Haskell in conversation
Endling, a new artwork by Katie Paterson is on show at Galleri Tschudi til March 2022.
On the aromas of the first and last forests, by David Haskell
“Humans have used incense for thousands of years, mostly as a bridge to what dwells beyond the everyday, through prayer, oblation, and ritual. To Burn, Forest, Fire places that experience into the context of deep time and the living Earth community.”
At the 12th-century Lismore Castle, Ireland, a group show ‘Light and Language’ explores the enduring legacy of American conceptual and land art pioneer Nancy Holt. Scottish artist Katie Paterson has created a new work responding to the architecture of Lismore Castle. Her ‘Ideas’ wall pieces are subtle: short texts that ‘when read come alive through the visitor’s imaginations’. Discrete in scale, they are cut from silver and reflect brightly when the light hits them. The artist reflects on her affinity with Holt’s artistic sensibilities: ‘her work showed me how expansive art can be; through its material form (she worked across mediums) it’s scale, its conceptual language and emotional and perceptual impact. Nancy Holt worked with the cyclical time of the universe, the motions of the earth and the sun. She aimed to ‘connect people with the planet earth’, to bring ‘the sky down to earth’ which chimes very much with my approach.’
Katie Paterson answers questions on Future Library 2014-211, National Galleries of Scotland