A foot print exploration in summer 2013 with a team of African and European artists including Rocca Gutteridge, Jacques Coetzer and Claudia Zeiske in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.
In 1876, Alexander McKay an Aberdeenshire loon from Rhynie near Huntly went to Uganda carrying round a heavy printing press to disseminate his views of civilization and Christianity. Was he there to also expand the British Empire, directly or indirectly? Questions that have the rightful potential to send the conversation in a predictable, "colonial finger pointing" direction. But there is also a more pragmatic side to the story: like the adventure tourists today – the explorers and missionaries first and foremost were curious and through their wanderlust, spread the early seeds of globalization, whether for good or for bad. Humankind evolves through constant exploration and migration along trade routes. Apart from cultural cross-pollination and social evolution, these basic economic mechanisms inevitably also have effect on our approach to agriculture and industry and how we see ourselves in relation to nature and ecology.