ARTYFACTS: Edinburgh Festival: homecoming nonsense

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Edinburgh Festival: homecoming nonsense

International Festival has a hokey ‘homecoming’ theme, merely a politically charged, tourist initiative. This has led to works such as ‘Diaspora’ or worse, oblique links to works such as ‘The Return of Ulysses’. Enlightenment is the other theme, but the Scottish Enlightenment was a cerebral, literay movement and had little or no artistic correlate. The links between the contemporary art and the enlightenment are simplistic. I’ve searched in vain for any mention of Hume, Scotland’s greatest Enlightenment figure. It's all so trivial and parochial.


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