James Beckett (b. 1977, Harare, Zimbabwe) graduated from the Technikon-Natal, Durban South Africa, after which he took part in a two-year residency in the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
Coming from a background of installation and sound, Beckett has been involved in a form of research in various subjects, building on a surface layer across various media. Specific areas of the industrial revolution have played muse; such as the evolution of Limburgerhof a BASF-company specialized in fertilizers and the cultural implications of vacuum tubes for the Dutch firm Philips.
Beckett’s practice typically explores minor histories and is concerned with industrial development (and its subsequent demise). It is a process of investigation that is as much physical as it is biographical.
Recent shows include: 56th Venice Biennale, Belgian Pavilion (IT); 5th Thessaloniki Biennale (GR); and ARTSPACE, The Physics Room, Auckland (NZ). He has published two monographs: Works of James Beckett with Constant Interjections by Frank Key, TWAAS/Koenig books (US) and James Beckett, Kehrer Verlag (DE).
He was awarded the Prix De Rome (NL) in 2003. He is represented in the collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL), Valkhof Nijmegen (NL) and Zeeuws Museum Middelburg (NL) among others.
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