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Hester Reeve

   
hester reeve
Ark

www.hesterreeve.com
HRH.the@hesterreeve.com
t : 07790 978 299

England

Ways of Working  
Practices
Artist: live art [gallery, site-specific, durational and for camera/webcast], drawing, sculpture, philosophical thought/writing/practices, David Bohm’s Dialogue;
past experience with art as social sculpture and oral history;
In education: university and prison;
past experience of community workshops and overseas cultural development/NGO sector
Audiences: any - but particular interest in found audiences; sometimes no audience and academic forums

Places
universities, galleries, heritage sites, workplaces, industrial sites, prisons; street interventions, public events; urban and rural areas, parkland; local and international

Recent Themes
various, mainly with philosophical underpinning; for example: critical and creative thought as a care-ful way of relating to 'nature'

Vision  
Artist's Statement

My work related to the environment aims to explore and inspire new awareness of 'nature' and to express new levels of language construction around 'nature'.

Whilst my own performance art is very physical, a large degree of philosophical thought (a mixture of my own and mainly Martin Heidegger) motivates my art-making process. This and the fact that I have completed a philosophical MA in Values and the Environment makes me a critical customer to the general field of arts and environment.

I have been creating performance art for over fifteen years and have shown in a variety of countries and contexts. My works are usually site-specific and performed once only. I do not use spoken work and most works are action-based (i.e. unrehearsed). Works have a strong visual presence, however. My work is challenging in that it is experimental and the literal meaning not always 'obvious'.

I also work with art as a social practice, setting up and leading many projects with a broad educational feed-in and creative end product. This, too, is linked to my desire to foster greater engagement in others with the natural environment through activating cognitive curiosity.

My performance work is very small scale and low on technical requirements. Hence it is implicitly environmentally-sensitive.

Background

Hester Reeve received a BA in Fine Art degree from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic and an MA in Environmental Philosophy from Lancaster University. She has presented performance art works internationally over the past fifteen years. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, teaching practice and theory. She has lectured in Fine Art, Drama and Creative Writing at HMP Lancaster Castle, and was formerly freelance lecturer at Lancaster University's Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (creative project work supervision/assessment). The artist has extensive experience in giving presentations, creating workshops for varying contexts and levels of ability and is a trained facilitator in David Bohm’s Dialogue.

 
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More About  
My research is into my motivation to make performance concerned with 'Nature', and into questioning just what the word 'nature' pans out into. This influences my production process in that it inspires and supports what often feels an isolated commitment.

I read philosophy and am a member of the ‘Performance Philosophy’ research network. I have written a number of papers exploring art as a species of philosophical agency.

Activism

I have used performance art to protest McDonald's opening up franchises in Prague. I also worked for 3 years in Prague co-authoring an oral history publication 'Libkovice: Zdar Buh' that discursively presented environmental and social concerns which affected the post-revolution Czech Republic [Czech Language, DIVUS 1997]. I am also interested in forms of individual, poetic protest because whilst such actions could be assessed as ‘futility propaganda’ they none the less instance the potentiality and integrity of voice in a way that mass protest can not.

Funders

Include: Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Lancashire Environmental Action Fund, British Council, The Granada Foundation, The Open Society Fund, Northern Arts, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Canada.)

photo:

The photograph above is from the performance of 'Ark', at The Social and Cultural Centre, Prague, 1994.

  Hester Reeve
www.hesterreeve.com
HRH.the@hesterreeve.com
t: 07790 978 299

England

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