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Event National Museum of Scotland

And If Not Now, When?

1 Nov - 14 Nov 2021
10:30 - 16:30

Event Space, Level 2

Free entry
Sign up on the day in the Grand Gallery

And If Not Now, When? is an immersive, reactive, sound and film installation by Edinburgh artists Philip Pinsky and Karen Lamond which invites you to experience a transformed urban reality to inspire hope and possibility.

We have become accustomed to being assaulted by noise and danger in our city streets. In fact, many of us are so used to this constant barrage of information that we don’t even notice it any more. The pandemic allowed us quietness, space, fresh air. A chance to realise that we don’t have to live this way. A moment to consider how we can make our cities somewhere we would choose to go rather than places to run away from.

Experience the change

Confronted with a heightened version of a busy urban junction; heavy traffic, pollution and noise, you will walk through a sound and film installation, guided by a lighted path. As you do so, notice how your position in the room directly impacts the environment around you. Watch and listen as your actions transform one environment into another and end the experience with a vivid and tranquil re-imagining of how we could all live peacefully in our cities.

And If Not Now, When? is a spark to ignite a desire for change. A considered shift in behaviour not just for our own wellbeing but for the wellbeing of others. Together we can make a positive difference to the climate crisis, gain a better quality of life and change the course of our planet’s future.

Can we really wait any longer? And if not now, when?

Filming And If Not Now When

Work in progress, capturing the film and audio for And If Not Now, When?

About the artists

And If Not Now is an Edinburgh-based art collective formed by composer and sound designer Philip Pinsky and photographer and film maker Karen Lamond. Driven by a desire for social change they formed in 2019 and their first major work, timed to coincide with COP26, is a response to the urgency of the climate crisis in light of the changes wrought by the global pandemic.

And If Not Now When poster

Supported by

Creative Scotland logo Grid Iron Theatre Company logo

Further information

How to take part

  • To experience the installation, sign up for a timed slot in the Grand Gallery with a member of the team.
  • Entry is free, but limited to one household or group at a time.
  • The experience lasts up to 10 minutes.


  • The installation contains some loud noises and fast-moving images.
  • The event is wheelchair accessible. Access to the event space is via a lift.

Header image: Still from And If Not Now, When (Philip Pinsky and Karen Lamond)

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