ESTATE Edinburgh Archive

ESTATE Edinburgh Archive

Jimmy Cauty’s installation, ESTATE, was transported to Edinburgh for a month long residency from the end of May and throughout June 2021.

ESTATE is a dystopian model village experience featuring four abandoned concrete tower blocks at 1:24 scale (approx 2 metres high) housed in a 40-foot shipping container.

The tower blocks each serve a different function in the ESTATE and contain amusing scenes of mass social, economic and environmental devastation.

Produced by L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, ESTATE was hosted in Edinburgh by a new producing collective, the Society of Spectacles.

This followed the 2016 residency of Cauty’s previous work, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle, at the Grassmarket in Edinburgh.

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ESTATE was presented adjacent to renowned community owned venue North Edinburgh Arts, next to Muirhouse Library.

ESTATE is viewed either individually or in social / support bubbles in pre-booked 10-minute slots scheduled every 15-minutes.

701 Viewers walked through a 40-foot shipping container to explore the tower blocks during its time in Edinburgh.

The experience includes smoke, strobe lighting, wind, loud noise, tiny TV broadcasts, and is suitable for children and adults over 5.

As lockdown eased and the full long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic began to dawn, ESTATE Edinburgh was a glimpse into an uncertain future that looks increasingly familiar.

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This website is intended to act as a reminder of the visit to Edinburgh by ESTATE for all those who visited itand includes promotional texts, videos, PDFs of the official publication and photos taken by visitors.

Please peruse it at your leisure. Ideally for no more than ten minutes at a time, to a soundtrack of Amber Rudd and helicopters.