In Parting Glass
In Parting Glass is the title of the collaboration between choreographer Riccardo Buscarini and visual artist Richard Taylor. The two artists worked together for the first time, transforming the glass cabinets in Summerhall’s Laboratory Gallery into living archives to explore memory, intimacy and exposure. Paired by curator Holly Knox Yeoman, the duo used a magpie approach to draw from their personal experiences and cultural identities to mix ready-made objects, sculpture and sound to partner live and recorded performances.
Buscarini and Taylor are the same age, star sign, sexuality, and have the same forename. These coincidental affinities have inspired them to make further enquiries into how these idiosyncrasies might be extracted in the laboratory, as well as archive, setting.
The exhibition, preceded by an intensive period of collaboration, is bookended by live iterations of the work on display – both at the private view on 11th December 2015 and during a closing event on 5th March 2016. Part dissection of their personalities and part history of their individual routes to Summerhall itself, the results are tactile, immersive and narrative-led.