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The Secret Life of Things, Suzanne Mooney

Suzanne Mooney’s work reconsiders how we look at the world through representation by exploring the medium and the apparatus of photography itself. The relationship between production, function and mediation of the photographic image is central to her practice. Employing diverse photographic techniques, appropriated images and found objects, Mooney’s work is a conceptual play with the

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What Do I Know About Bedford Anyway, Aaron Head

During his residency at BCA Aaron Head drew on his immediate environment to generate an intriguing project that combined the mediums of sculpture, installation and film to further explore his preoccupation with food and drink and their intricate social role in contemporary, multicultural Britain. Food and drink are recurrent tools in Head’s armoury. His work retraces

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Dodgem, Dominic From Luton

Dodgem is a film that follows the central character, Dominic From Luton, and his obsession with his own meticulously customised dodgem car. He travels from fairground to fairground throughout the south east of England in a Luton van, dressed in a white leather costume and helmet. Both his costume and the dodgem display icons from yesteryear. When

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Territories Agnieszka Chojnacka

  The installation that Chojnacka produced whilst artist in residence with BCA Gallery explored how our environment can affect how we feel. The Gallery was split into two zones, one was inspried by the artist’s experience of a Polish hospital, in which the visitor’s sense of space, smell and sound were manipulated to create a feeling

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Midnight Arlene Gottfried Autograph Exhibition

In 1984 American artist Arlene Gottfried met Midnight, a man who became her close confidant and the subject of her photography. Arlene’s intimate portrait of a friend depicts the innate dignity of an individual transcending illness. This powerful and affecting exhibition raises issues of how we care for those with mental health problems. To improve

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Dinu Li Age of Transition

When Dinu Li was just seven years old, his family left Hong Kong and emigrated to the UK. His departure from the east and arrival in the west affected him profoundly. In Age of Transition, Li revisits this unsettling period of his life exploring the interactions that result when different cultures meet. He transformed the

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Stereography: stereophonic geography, Matt Cook

In Stereography: stereophonic geography sound artist Matt Cook focused on the sound and rhythm of a place. Whilst working in Bedford as Artist in Residence with BCA Gallery, Cook walked around the town to discover what makes it tick to create his own playfull Bedford map. It was Cook’s intention that the slightly eccentric and highly

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Rush Hour, Martin Newth

It was anticipated that by 2010 drivers in the UK would spend an extra working week per year stuck in traffic. In Rush Hour Martin Newth confronted this inevitable reality by photographing commuter routes during peake travel times. The use of hour long exposure times reduced the relentless movement of thousands of cars and people

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10 Minute Exit, Patricia MacKinnon-Day

10 Minute Exit was an exhibition of new work exploring some of the issues relating to the farming of pigs for meat. The installation of sculpture, video and sound work investigated the social behaviour of penned pigs, on the farm and in the abattoir, three weeks prior to slaughter. Using playful animation and children’s nursery rhymes

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