Timepieces by Katie Paterson, University of Edinburgh collection
Timepieces by Katie Paterson, University of Edinburgh collection, Installation view at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Don’t miss the sixth and final instalment of the ground-breaking NOW Series – featuring dazzling work about the relationship of humankind to the cosmos and time. It includes the first major showing in Scotland of Scottish artist, Katie Paterson, whose incredible works are made possible through extensive collaborations with scientists, specialists, writers and others in the forefront of their fields. She translates complex ideas into physical, often poetic, works of art. 

This exhibition will premiere a completely new moving image work by Paterson, commissioned especially for NOW by the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) with support from the Future Library Trust. This new piece relates to the artist’s extraordinary and expansive 100-year-work, Future Library 2014-2114. For Future Library Paterson has planted a forest in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in 2114. From 2014 until then, one writer a year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust (unread and unpublished), until the hundred years has passed. The manuscripts will be stored in a specially designed room in the new Oslo Public Library. Writers to date include Margaret Atwood (2014), David Mitchell (2015), Sjón (2016), Elif Shafak (2017), and Han Kang (2018). 

Katie Paterson, Ara (2016)
Katie Paterson, Ara (2016) ©

Photo: Ben Blackall, Courtesy of the Lowry

The exhibition will also include Paterson’s work Totality (2016): a large scale mirror ball created from almost all known images of solar eclipses ever captured; Light Bulb to Simulate Moonlight (2008): 289 bulbs providing a lifetime’s supply of moonlight based on the average lifespan of a human and Ara (2016): a string of festoon lights in which each bulb produces a luminosity relative to the brightness of each star in a constellation.