Alex Nathanson’s new book A History of Solar Power Art and Design will be available from the end of July. Published by Routledge as part of their “Advances in Art and Visual Studies”, the chapter on installations includes a comprehensive section on my renewable energy work from 1994 onwards.
To mark 40 years of my work in video and sound installation and to coincide with the acquisition of documentation of my early work (photos, writings, diagrams and publications) by Tate Britain in 2020, I have just published a two-volume catalogue raisonné
Video & Sound Installations: 1980-2020 ( ISBN: 9781034316350) Video & Sound Installations: 1980-2020: Essays, Writings and Texts ( ISBN: 9781034316350)
Turner– Stilte in de Stad (Turner- Silence in the City), Stadsarchief Amsterdam, Aug 4th-Nov 1st, 2020.
The heart of Amsterdam and it is dead quiet. Or does it seem like that? Benjamin Brecknell Turner’s 1857 photograph of the Westermarkt puts us on the wrong track. The image was taken with the very first photographic technique and the long recording time has erased every movement. For example, the city seems extinct as during a lockdown. This photo and other rare historical cityscapes of Turner’s contemporaries can be seen in the exhibition Turner, Silence in the City, in the Treasury from 4 August to 1 November 2020.
Fragile masterpieces like this rarely leave our safe depot. This presentation was made with the support of the Rembrandt Association and the Turing Foundation and shows the surprising richness of the collection of the City Archives. It is a unique opportunity to see the mysterious beauty and chiaroscuro of Turner’s masterpiece. His photographic tour is linked to the 21st century in the exhibition by a video work by British artist Chris Meigh-Andrews from 2003.
The English video artist Chris Meigh-Andrews (1952) based his work on Turner’s “Amstel at the Halvemaansbrug”, a paper negative in the collection of the City Archives. Temporal View in Amsterdam (After BB Turner) is made up of video sequences from the same place, made on a single day in 2003 between 3:30 am and 8:00 pm. Everyday events captured in image and sound, we see the light change and we hear the street sounds. It makes us very aware of the century and a half that have passed since Turner made his calotype.
Technology, Design and the Arts – Opportunities and Challenges, Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S., Excell, P., Thalmann, D. (Eds.), just published by Springer.com, this open access book contains two chapters that feature my work.
Chapter 15: Chris Meigh-Andrews, Digital Moving Image Installations and Renewable Energy: 1994–2018
Chapter 18: Dr Alan Summers: In Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Exploration of Augmented Reality