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Installation: Pip Thornton, Arcadia

6 February 2020 until 29 March 2020
Bookmarket, a pop up bookshop and events space, Waverley Mall, 3/1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BQ

In the windows of Bookmarket, a pop up bookshop and events space by The Fruitmarket Gallery in Waverley Mall,

Artist Pip Thornton’s Arcadia (2020), made specially for The Fruitmarket Gallery’s pop-up space in Waverley Mall, uses LED screens hung in the bookshop’s windows to display text that will be seen in the communal mall space below. The text is from Walter Benjamin’s Arcades project. Each word appears along with a price which is allocated from Google’s advertising platform. Arcadia invites us to consider the processes that generate monetary value around us, in both physical and virtual marketplaces.

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Pip Thornton, Arcadia. Photo: Chris Scott

Pip Thornton, Arcadia. Photo: Chris Scott