Ackroyd, Heather and Harvey, Dan. (2 of 5). Oral History of British Photography
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2001-01-03 and 2001-05-25
Dorking and London, United Kingdom
Ackroyd, Heather, 1959-, (speaker, female), Harvey, Dan, 1959-, (speaker, male)
Barnes, Martin, (speaker, male)
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
Performer notes : Born Daniel Harvey. Recording notes : See also individual interviews with Heather Ackroyd C459/130 and Dan Harvey C459/131.