Henry Beck: Artist, Engineer, Photographer

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
EventThe J H B Archive - Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sep 20153 Oct 2015

Bibliographical note

Julian Henry Beck: Artist, Engineer, Photographer, is an installed artwork and two accompanying performances by J. Ball that were selected by curators Jo Gane, Caitlin Griffiths and Karen Newman for inclusion in the group exhibition The J H B Archive at Birmingham Open Media (BOM), Birmingham, UK, 10th Sept- 3rd Oct 2015. BOM is a gallery and creative collaborative workspace for art, technology and science. The JHB Archive exhibition included work by twenty artists and academics from within the UK and Europe, and was supported by Arts Council England. The exhibition aimed to explore artists’ responses to a missing piece of sculpture by the artist Julian Henry Beck. In the original acquisition record for this piece of sculpture, the artist, Julian Henry Beck was described as an Artist, Engineer and Photographer. This research set out to explore these roles and approaches, historically and in the current day. Taking this broad description of JHB’s occupation as a starting point Ball invited an engineer and a photographer to engage with her in a remote dialogical encounter, using Google Docs, ‘live’ online, during a collaborative two-hour performance at the opening event. The collaborators were Prof. Elena Gaura, Professor of Pervasive Computing at Coventry University and independent artist/photographer Sam Kelly. The three participants took the truncated accession record of the missing sculpture as the focus for their conversation. The transcript of their conversation was projected live onto a screen in the gallery space and subsequently formed part of a projected video installation for the remainder of the exhibition. This output by Ball comprises a collaborative two-hour performance and exhibited video artwork. http://www.bom.org.uk/event/preview-the-jhb-archive/.
Photographic documentation of the performance and video installation of Julian Henry Beck: Artist, Engineer, Photographer, was subsequently selected and exhibited in the group exhibition titled ‘Drawn Conversations’ as part of the Drawing Conversations Symposium, Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, Coventry University on Dec 2015
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. If you wish to reuse these images please contact Jane Ball - arx220@coventry.ac.uk
Rights holder: Jane Ball
Part of series: ‘Drawn Conversations’ as part of the Drawing Conversations Symposium, Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, Coventry University on Dec 2015

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