bloc projects


Adjunct Programme – de-, dis-, ex-.

  • Tom Beesley

Part of Sheffield Design Week 2016

20-29 October 2016 – special opening hours – Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm.

As part of the AHRC funded Stories of Change project, the Future Works studio at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture examines our relationship with energy, industry and making in relation to the emerging impacts of climate change. Responding to ideas within the Future Works project, Beesley’s sculptural work engages with new challenges facing society concerning migration, precarity and change, through an interrogation of use, dis-use and re-use in structural forms.

The title for the exhibition is taken from a publication edited by Alex Coles and Alexia Defert, examining the interdisciplinarity between art, architecture and theory.

Tom Beesley is an artist based in Leeds who is currently undertaking practice-based PhD research in fine art at the University of Leeds. His practice evolves from the appropriation of the everyday, the discarded and the found through processes of modification and re-purposing toward assembly and construction. His work seeks to engage with the new challenges facing society – particularly those concerning migration, precarity and change – through the interrogation of use, dis-use and re-use.

de-, dis-, ex- further extends the artist’s interest in ‘anticipatory objects’. Anticipation is the act of taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, it is ‘to take action in preparation for something that you think will happen’. The geographic term ‘anticipatory adaptation’ is used in the discussion of climate change to describe action taken before impacts are felt. Zygmunt Bauman believes that we live under conditions of endemic uncertainty – in times of Liquid Modernity, where social forms and institutions no longer have enough time to solidify and cannot serve as frames of reference for human actions.

Tom Beesley’s practice seeks to engage with notions of change, to reflect on how everything is in the process of becoming something else. This transition is largely one of entropy with matter and energy breaking down in order to re-combine and re-emerge in a different form.

Supported by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, The University of Leeds, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, Stories of Change and Bloc Projects.