DCA Talk – Imaginary Scotlands & Beyond

In the past ten or so years, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and writing about a lot of great art galleries in about a dozen European countries. Thanks mainly to the vision of the curator Graham Domke, the DCA is up there with the best of them and in my opinion, it’s the leading space for art in Scotland (the current Hideyuki Katsumata exhibition is a joy). So it was a real delight when they invited me to talk about Imaginary Cities. I decided, following earlier talks elsewhere, to focus in on alternative Scotlands that were or could’ve been. The DCA were kind enough to record the talk and allow me to share it; here it is with the images I referenced chronologically. Hope you enjoy.

Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland 1938

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W.F.C. Holden’s Tower Bridge, London (1943)

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GLC’s 1960s monorail plan for Regent’s Street

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Gaudi’s Hotel Attraction, Manhattan (1908)

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Ferdinand Arnodin’s 1900 Istanbul bridge

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Le Corbusier’s Ville radieuse, Paris (1924)

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s plan for Greater Baghdad (1958)

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Jules Verne’s The Black Indies or The Child of the Cavern, or Strange Doings Underground (1877)

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Brigadoon (1954)

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Alasdair Gray – Cowcaddens Streetscape in the Fifties (1964)

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Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh (1881)

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Stanley Cursiter – ‘The Sensation of Crossing the Street’ (1913)

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William MacCance – Moloch of the Machine (Machine Gods) or Machine Moloch (1928)

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Unidentified Aircraft (over Montrose), 1942 by Edward Baird

Eduardo Paolozzi’s I was a Rich Man’s Plaything (1947)

Arthur’s Oven (Roman times – 1743)

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Arthur’s Oven II

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Old Tolbooth (1400 – 1817)

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Alexander Nasmyth – Princes Street with the Commencement of the Building of the Royal Institution (1825)

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Victorian Arch, Dundee (1849 – 1964)

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St. Peter’s Seminary, near Cardross, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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The Edinburgh Marine Gardens, Portobello (1909 – 1966)

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Green’s Playhouse Cinema, Dundee (1936 – 1968)

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Basil Spence – Hutchesontown C, Glasgow (1962-1993)

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Bennie Railplane, Milngavie

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Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland 1938 (& the Tait Tower)

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The headstone of the future

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David Dale and Robert Owen’s New Lanark (1785-)

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Consumption of Smoke: Present & Future from Vol. 1, no. 8: Northern Looking Glass 17th September 1825

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Dunmore Pineapple, Airth, Stirlingshire, Scotland

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Jestico + Whiles’ St James Centre, Edinburgh (present)

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Basil Spence’s St James Centre, Edinburgh (1962)

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V&A Dundee submissions

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REX_A1 Graphic Panels

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Railway Terminus (1892-93)

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Concert Hall (1898)

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