Your own personal Jesus…

The National Portrait Gallery of Scotland will be hosting an exhibition later this year entitled Rough Cut Nation.

This unique multimedia project draws together a group of young artists from around Scotland to create a dramatic collaborative installation. For the Edinburgh Festival they will construct a remixed version of Scottish history as informed by street art and graffiti culture, painted, pasted and projected directly onto the walls of the Portrait Gallery.

The project updates William Hole’s original decorative mural scheme of 1889-1898, depicting important events from Scotland’s past. This new installation exploits the empty space produced by the Gallery’s current closure for redevelopment.

As one of the artist duos involved we are interested in exploring religious iconography and the use of Jesus as a moral or social catalyst within both Scottish history and contemporary culture.

With that in mind we would like to ask you three questions:

1. Jesus- who/what was he?
2. Scotland – what (if any) impact has he had on Scotland’s history?
3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

If you only want to respond to one of the questions, that would be fine. A single word or a couple of words answer is perfect – but if you want to write more then please feel free to do so. The crucial thing is to gather opinion from a broad range of people of all beliefs (or non-beliefs).

The answers that we collect from these questions will potentially form part of the final artwork, but will not be attributed to any one individual.

Please give your answers either in the comments section below or email them to DUFI.JESUS@GMAIL.COM

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0 thoughts on “Your own personal Jesus…

  1. Anonymous

    1. In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    Unpredictable.

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    Everything.

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    He made it, has redeemed it and constantly remakes it.

  2. Anonymous

    1. In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?
    Messenger

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?
    Role-model

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?
    He led the way, preached the truth and changed lives.

  3. thestatethatiamin

    1. God

    2. Author

    3. He created it in all its grandeur and beauty. He weeps over the pain, brokeness and damage done to individuals, to communities and the land. He longs to restore it to its full potential, to heal hurts and divisions, to remove misconceptions, to offer second chances, fresh hope, and new beginnings.

  4. Anonymous

    In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?
    marginalised

    In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?
    shaper

    What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?
    ambivalent

  5. Anonymous

    1. In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    Doomsayer

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    Encroachment

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    Indoctrination

  6. Anonymous

    In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    Charlatan

    In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    Control

    What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    Sectarianism

  7. Anonymous

    1. In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    image

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    war

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    conflict

  8. Brett

    One word answers are hard but here goes:

    In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?
    Divine

    In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?
    Religion

    What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?
    Mixed

  9. Anonymous

    1 Jesus- who/what was he?
    He was and is the the most articulate and accessible image of God -and God's will for humanity

    2 Scotland – what (if any) impact has he had on Scotland's history?
    Jesus' impact has been immense – for good & for ill, depending on people's reactions to, and perceptions of – him & his life

    3 What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?
    A fluctuating impact – a winding and undulating path of impact, with many detours and distractions – hopefully leading home eventually, to universal recognition that God's love is all in all.

  10. Anonymous

    1. In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    Conviction

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    martyrdom

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    Hope

  11. Anonymous

    1 In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    TO QUOTE GLASGOW BAND FRIGHTENED RABBIT – "Jesus – is just a Spanish boys' name…"

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    MIDGES

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    REPRESSED EXTREMISTS INTO INFLICTING MISERY – INSPIRING ORKNEY YOUTH TO WEAR WWJD WRISTBANDS – MORE DEATHS OF YOUNG SCOTTISH SOLDIERS IN THE CONTINUING MASKED HOLY WARS

  12. Anonymous

    1. In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    Divisive

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    Intolerance

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    In one word, or more?

    One word – Bad

    In more – He _may_ actually have been a nice man, no-one really knows, but the opinions and the actions that have been enforced in his name have been bad, still are, and will continue to provide motivation to physically and morally violent and intolerant people in the future.

  13. Anonymous

    1. In one word, describe who was/is Jesus?

    unconventionally kind

    2. In one word, what does Jesus have to do with Scottish History?

    smothered

    3. What impact has Jesus had on Scotland past, present and future?

    confused bigotry

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