A riot in the Grassmarket
Scotland has never witnessed such devastating scenes of destruction and chaos!
It will come as great comfort to learn that it is on an incredibly small scale, 1:87 to be precise, and safely contained in a 40ft shipping container.
The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a post-riot landscape created in miniature by acclaimed artist Jimmy Cauty - co-creator of chart-topping band The KLF and its subsequent, million pound-burning arts incarnation, The K Foundation.
Following the ADP's critically-acclaimed appearance at Banksy's Dismaland last summer, the installation has taken to the road and is being shown across the UK at the sites of historic riots.
View the unusual model village of looting and vandalism, riot police, a crashing lorry and fire crews tackling a blaze through observation ports in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket (until Monday 7 November) before it moves to Glasgow’s Platform (until 14 November).
In 1736, Edinburgh’s Grassmarket was the scene of a mass riot which resulted in the lynching of John Porteous, the Captain of the City Guard. The Porteous Riots will provide the inspiration behind a free weekend workshop, provided by street artists Elph and Chris Rutterford, between 12pm-5pm on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November in the Grassmarket. Pieute on Candlemaker Row will operate a pop-up stall beside the artwork each day with information about ADP and official merchandise.
Far from inciting another riot, the producers hope the experience of the ADP in Scotland will be a fun, peaceful and thought-provoking one, with the only real disturbance being the constant chatter of miniature police radios, dotted all over the exhibit.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It is quite apt that Jimmy Cauty’s edgy take on a model village will sit in the Grassmarket, where the city’s Porteous Riots took place in 1736.
“Edinburgh has never been afraid to embrace artwork of all forms and I’m sure Cauty’s contemporary and creative riot installation will shock, entertain and provoke in equal measures. The shipping container scene was first revealed at Banksy’s Dismaland last summer where it was hugely popular and it is fantastic for Edinburgh to welcome the work to Scotland for the very first time.”
Norman Stewart, from the Greater Grassmarket BID, said: “The turbulent history of the Grassmarket area provides the perfect back-story for this wonderful piece of social commentary expressed in startling artistic form. Do not miss this contemporary expression of age-old anger and revolt.”
The ADP Riot Tour in Glasgow will be located on the grounds of the arts centre Platform, located in the heart of The Bridge. Platform offers a year round programme of performance, music, visual arts and participation.
On Thursday 10 November, Jimmy Cauty and Steve Lowe will deliver a person tour and talk of the artwork at Platform at 6pm. This will be free but ticketed and can be booked from the Platform website.