The Beast is a surreal animated morality tale conceived by Scottish artist Ruth Ewan, who has long-term interests in creativity and social justice, alternative systems and radical histories.
Co-written with Marxist magician Ian Saville, the dialogue playfully challenges the dominant narrative associated with the Scottish/American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie through a surreal conversation with his namesake, the dinosaur Diplodocus carnegii.
Presented alongside archival material the installation explores intersecting ideas around power, exploitation, culture and the history of capitalism. The project critically reflects on an era where both labour and the earth itself were ruthlessly used for individual gain, inviting us to consider who the real beast actually is.
The Beast by Ruth Ewan was commissioned and produced by Collective, with funding and support from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection.