Artist Anna Best talks about her work as part of the Falmouth School of Art Guest Speakers series.
Anna Best’s work has a conceptual approach. She describes herself as ‘currently immersed in (asocial?) studio practice exploring moving image alongside sculptural processes’. For this event she will show documentation of past work, as well as elements from her current practice, e.g. a video piece Plasticwaterstone.
Anna currently runs an artists’ residency in her studio as a social art work The Mothership. Past projects have been conceived as live experiences and pictorial scenes, with the event a context-specific installation (e.g. The Wedding Project, for Tate Modern, 1999, Vauxhall Pleasure 2004-9). The audience, like figures in a Bosch painting, are within the scene and are part of the work. Also made manifest are the complex networks of relationships and layers of collaboration. Best says, ‘Process is important to me, in all its messiness, with all its failures. I proposed that this can occupy public space with my question “When, as opposed to what, is the art?”.’
Best’s past projects also consider and interpret the commission / institutional agenda (e.g. error 404, with e-2.org in 2000, for the newly emerging internet, Mecca, with Camden Arts Centre 2000 for a London bingo hall). She has also been involved in autonomous education and artist led collaborations (e.g Shave Artist Workshops, 1991-7, SQALLP, Brighton, Road for the Future, 2012, Prospectus, 2017). Her work is often accompanied by self-published text in a variety of forms, (eg Entries & Records, 2015).
Image: Plasticwaterstone, video project, work in progress, with support of British Council and Arts council England Artists International Development Fund.