Ackroyd, Heather and Harvey, Dan. (5 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)

  • Abstract

    Part 5. only Consideration of non-photographic pieces, i.e. The Divide, made by cutting a building in half. The monumentality of architectural pieces. Monumental Muse, Rome, taking a plaster cast from a marble statue and growing the form in grass. Blasted Oak, made for Salisbury Arts Festival. Documentation in photography and film of such projects is very important. Questions of the documentation of ephemeral works. Daniel Harvey (DH) talks of the idea of a triptych, closed to preserve the ephemeral grass image, exposing it to less light while opening it to view on special occasions only. Questions of fading and conservation of natural pigments over time were addressed in Grass Tapestry, made for Creating Sparks initiative at Victoria and Albert Museum, hung alongside the 16th century Devonshire Hunting tapestries. Ackroyd and Harvey (A&H) talk of their current residency and exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

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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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