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Cycle 14 Alt-w Production Award - Donna Leishman

5th September to 29th October 2022
Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

A contemporary play on the ‘Carta Marina,’ the late middle age marine map created in 1532 by the Swedish theologist and cartographer Olaus Magnus. In this work Leishman is interested in playing with the speculative freedom of the so-called ‘dark ages’ and how this resonates today in our post-truth, image saturated and polarized culture(s).

The original map imperfectly charts Scandinavia, the North Sea and Scottish Coast, numerous sea beasts, alongside the real eddies and currents of the North Sea. Using Scottish-Nordic Insular Art and aesthetics of cartography as reference, Leishman has creatively reimagined the beauty and the imagined unknowns off the Aberdeenshire coast.

Co-commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts and New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from Creative Scotland.

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