James Beckett’s practice explores overlooked histories concerned with industrial development and the built environment. With a focus on the physicality of historically-laden objects, his works deal with cultural signs that shape our experience in the modern era. The approach considers proximity in the experience of subjects through tertiary bodies, and the implications of their given traces. Beckett activates objects in order to unpack their abstract and metaphysical potential, often employing the absurd and uncanny to form new perspectives on formative events.
James Beckett has exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, amongst others. His work is in collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He is the winner of Prix de Rome Art & Public Space.
Residents from The Netherlands
Ghost of a Dream
Ghost of a Dream makes work about people’s hopes and dreams out of the ephemera people create trying to attain these aspirations. Whether it is a Hollywood film that transports the viewer into a dream reality, or a lottery ticket that gives the possibility of a future full of rich decadence; they use these remnants to both recreate people’s dreams, and portray the dreamer.
Ghost of a Dream has exhibited work at MassArt Art Museum, Boston; New-York Historical Society, New York; and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, among others.ghostofadream.com
Residents from United States
Anna Witt’s artistic practice is performative, participatory, and political. She creates situations that reflect interpersonal relationships and power structures as well as conventions of speaking and acting. Passers-by in public spaces, or specifically selected people and groups, are drawn into her experimental arrangements, usually in a directly physical way. The tasks range from repeated imitation of specifically coded gestures to the development of complex choreographies, and give the participants opportunities for individual articulation and authorship.
Anna Witt has exhibited work at Belvedere 21, Vienna; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; and KW Institue for Contemporary Art, Berlin, among others.annawitt.net