Models of Mind at the Pier Arts Centre

Me looking delighted with our Digital Dwelling book! And yes, we still have Christmas tinsel up in our flat...what of it?!

Me looking delighted with our Digital Dwelling book! And yes, we still have Christmas tinsel up in our flat…what of it?!

Some quick snaps from inside the book.

Some quick snaps from inside the book, nothing you won’t have seen before but y’know – it’s printed in A BOOK!!

It’s been a busy few weeks since I last posted and our Digital Dwelling film has taken off in a way we really didn’t expect, which is very exciting! In the photo above I’m holding a book we’ve had printed up to accompany the film which is being shown at the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness as part of Jim Pattison’s Models of Mind exhibition from 22nd June until the 31st August this year, below is the official blurb from the Pier….

Carved Stone Balls from the Islands of Scotland

Jim Pattison

22 June – 31 August 2013

The Centre will also show recent work by Jim Pattison exploring the relationship between art and archaeology. MODELS OF MIND: Carved Stone Balls from the Islands of Scotland is an exhibition of drawings, paintings and prints relating to the extraordinary Neolithic stone carvings found in Orkney and across Scotland.

The exhibition will include the beautifully carved Holm symbol stone, found in the East Mainland parish, on loan from the Orkney Museum. This particular carving was the first of ten examples of symbol stones to be studied at first hand by Pattison for this series of works.  MODELS OF MIND: continues the series of events established through the Symbols in a Landscape project, reflecting the Pier Arts Centre’s interest in art & archaeology.

A programme of workshops, talks and events, designed for people of all ages and ability, will complement both exhibitions.

Aaron and I will be off up to Orkney again this Friday to attend the opening night event, so expect an updated photo later in the week which will essentially be the same as the above, but I’ll be dressed all fancy and holding a glass of fizz in my hand…and grinning even more manically! In other news, Kieran and I have been working away on the Links of Noltland animatic, so hopefully I’ll be able to share some of that process with you all soon, and I’m still working away writing up my thesis and trying not to get too carried away with all the exciting feedback about the film!

Thank you so much to everyone who has already visited the exhibition at Skara Brae (which is still on going for a month or so yet), I’m told all the 200+ questionnaires have been filled out. Really great feedback so far, it seems the film is doing its job of challenging any passive consumption of archaeological visualisation and positively encouraging people to cognitively engage a bit more with the interpretation of the site. Job’s a good-un!


  1. Where can I buy a copy of the book? I’m in Australia I will miss the Orkney launch sadly Cheers Tara

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Hi Tara, I’m afraid the copy of the book I’m holding is actually the only copy that currently exists! We just printed one to sit on a shelf next to the screen showing the film in the art gallery – since posting about this though I’ve had a number of requests for copies…granted, one of those was from my Mum, but it still counts! If we do decide to print any more up for sale I’ll be sure to post on the blog about it 🙂

  2. James, Simon (Prof.) · · Reply

    Cograts Alice! A nice feeling, seeing yer stuff in a book, innit 😀 Simon

    Simon James BSc PhD FSA
    Professor of Archaeology
    School of Archaeology & Ancient History
    University of Leicester
    Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

    Tel +44 (0)116 252 2535
    Fax +44 (0)116 252 5005

    1. Thanks Simon! It really is a nice feeling 😀

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