Untitled/ Sound Installation
The starting point of James Beckett’s installations are sources of sound that can be found everywhere in our daily environment but we do not observe as such (anymore). Beckett is interested in sounds that are the by-products of physical processes enabling electrical devices to work. For the installation exhibited at the IMPAKT Festival Beckett uses electrical devices on loan from the Museum of Energetics. A computer program written by Beckett will operate the devices in the installation to perform his compositions. James Beckett was awarded the Prix de Rome 2003 for Art and Public Space, a prize which he will receive at the end of June.
James Beckett― Artist
James Beckett’s work in diverse media examines subjects of a historical nature, from the development (and subsequent demise) of European industry, to the more metaphysical aspects of dowsing and voodoo. His constructions favour an obscure and rambling logic, often within a strict formalism reflecting the mechanisms of display. A sometimes-dubious approach to his subject matter entertains the historic as suspended in a state of constant re-interpretation, a portrayal of a world where anomaly and change are fundamentals. Beckett was resident at the Rijksakademie (2001-2002) after which he won the Prix de Rome for Art in Public Space.