A routine sequence of external actions.
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A routine sequence of external actions was commissioned for “Scotland and Venice: Selective Memory” at the 51st Venice Biennale. The occasion of the Venice Biennale provided a salient context within which to consider how the discursive spaces that surround contemporary art objects and images are used to construct meanings. A routine sequence of external actions consisted of a number of pictorial and sculptural motifs presented across two sites - the “Scotland and Venice” exhibition space and a public park adjacent to the Biennale Giardini. The two sites were united by the repetition of a stick man motif that was presented as a large outdoor sculpture and a small bronze. Further motifs were repeated within the exhibition space, creating the appearance of a code or system for unravelling the work’s meaning. At the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art a new commission reconfigured the Venice motifs as a further demonstration of this staged language.