Ackroyd, Heather and Harvey, Dan. (2 of 5). Oral History of British Photography

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  • Recording date

    2001-01-03 and 2001-05-25

  • Recording locations

    Dorking and London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Ackroyd, Heather, 1959-, (speaker, female), Harvey, Dan, 1959-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Barnes, Martin, (speaker, male)

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    Part 2. Continued description of Grass House. Relatives of Pixie Burkes, a painter, the previous owner of the house, visited and responded. Ackroyd and Harvey (A&H) discovered Burke's paintings and included them in the installation. Discussion of installation Implanted Spirit 1991, in a derelict entertainment complex, the Le Fresnoy in Roubaix, a village near Lille, France. It was here that A&H realised their first piece imprinting an image into growing grass. A high contrast negative of neon signs was projected, enlarged onto a vertical wall surface planted with seed. The projection lasted about a week. Discussion of the collaborative relationship and the generation and execution of ideas. Balance between concept and practicality and the 'hands on' approach of making the work. A&H next worked on an installation, collaborating with Graeme Miller on sound, in the catacombs in Paris at the Palais de Chaillot. A sealed room was filled with barley and locusts. Old books and fungi were also used. Use of organic and many other materials in artworks. Serpentine Gallery, London Living Skins

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    Performer notes : Born Daniel Harvey. Recording notes : See also individual interviews with Heather Ackroyd C459/130 and Dan Harvey C459/131.

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