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Film: Luke Fowler's 'Depositions'


For their second screening as part of of Where I Am, and as part of their Broad Reach programme with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts, ATLAS Arts host a screening of Luke Fowler’s Depositions (2014).

Depositions explores the role of the Highland traveller in Gaelic Highland history and culture by combining archival footage from the Isle of Barra, new footage and interviews. The film-work was originally commissioned as part of Artists and Archives: Artists’ Moving Image at the BBC, a residency programme based at BBC Scotland.

‘Luke Fowler’s films dwell on potentiality: what might be, what might have been, what might still be if the world were to turn in a different direction? But film time runs in many directions, as do arguments. Film made only recently can be easily confused with the archival vintage of washed-out or saturated tones and blurred edges.’ David Toop, 2014

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Open Reading Group 2:



Travelling communities and the Outsider, their role in Highland history


In addition to the screening and to assist in placing the film in a Scottish island context you are invited to take part in a special reading group for the event. The suggested texts are selected to stimulate discussion on the role of the outsider and the contribution travellers made to Gaelic culture and Highland history and what the public perception of travelling communities are now.

The Summer Travellers, Timothy Neat – Appendix 1,2 &3

The Language of Traveller Storytellers – a paper by Sheila Douglas for the Languages of Scotland Conference in Skye

Gypsy Travellers in Scotland – A resource for the media – Equality and Human Rights Commission, Scotland

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Screening at Atlas Arts


Luke Fowler’s Depositions

Friday 24 April, 7.30pm, ATLAS Arts Office, Portree, Skye

Free but booking is essential

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Based in Skye and Lochalsh, ATLAS was founded in 2010 with the aim of generating and presenting innovative and ambitious contemporary arts projects. An organisation “without walls,” ATLAS Arts works with artists, curators, writers and the public to create work in response to a specific location or situation. “We aim to inspire community interest in contemporary art by delivering a varied programme that is of local, national and international significance.”

Film: Duncan Campbell's 'It for Others'

For Where I Am, ATLAS Arts and Taigh Chearsabhagh host a pan-island screening of Duncan Campbell’s Turner Prizewinning work It For Others (2013).

This moving image work explores issues of cultural imperialism and commodity in a complex layering of archival material, modern day commodities, and a performance made in collaboration with the Michael Clark Dance Company. The artist created this work in response to French filmmakers Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ essay film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) from 1953.


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Screening at Atlas Arts

Duncan Campbell’s It For Others

Friday 27 March 7.30pm ATLAS Arts Office, Portree, Skye

Free but booking is essential


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Open Reading Group:


Place and Exile: Material Culture and Indigenous Appropriation Within a Scottish Island Context


As part of our film screening of artist Duncan Campbell’s It for Others, we hosted an open reading group which drew comparisons between Campbell’s film and a Scottish island context. This group was open to everyone, and met first at Atlas Arts for the Skye screening of It for Others (March 27 2015), and once in Taigh Chearsabhagh (April 3 2015), for the North Uist screening.

The texts read by the group stimulate discussion land use and migration within the area, while also mirroring the implicit criticism within It for Others of further globalisation and historical exploitation of ‘the Other’ from western society.


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Image credit: Mountain created by Anton Noskov

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