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Mr Gary Stevens
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
  • Reader in Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary

Gary Stevens has worked predominantly with live performance since 1984. His background is in sculpture, installation and film and his projects reflect this diversity.

Box of Hours is a video installation inspired by illuminated manuscripts that illustrate seasonal activity and landscape. This work is a development of earlier installations commissioned by and first shown at Matt's Gallery, London: Slow Life, 2003, a five-screen video installation and Wake Up and Hide, 2007, a large-scale, two-screen, interactive video projection.

Future video projects include Containment, a limited sequence of repeating video images, which play on the representation of time in paintings and photography and Island where five performers invent relationships to conceptually tie themselves together to form a network. This work develops from ensemble work such as Flock, 2008, where the performers move as a mass with a strict programme governing their collective behaviour which holds them together like molecules or a flock of birds, and Ape, 2007 where three performers are inextricably linked by one rule, to copy and ape each other's behaviour. His work deals with problems of speech in performance operating in an art context, psychological integrity, artificial intelligence using low-tech models and duration while evading narrative. He ran a Performance Lab at Toynbee Studios from 1999 to 2009.

Academic Background
1983 HDFA Higher Diploma in Fine Art – Fine Art University College London
1976 BA Bachelor of Arts – Fine Art Goldsmiths College
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