Monograph 1998-2008

Book Launch James Beckett

14 Mar 2009
14 Mar 2009

Under the guise of a workers' weekend tea dance (without the dancing or tea), visitors were invited to join us for a book launch and concerts.

Book Launch: James Beckett, "Monograph 1998-2008"
accompanied by Seamus Cater and RnGdS.


Monograph 1998-2008 - Taken at Monograph 1998-2008, James Beckett's book launch at Mediamatic. Jans Possel

Playing live as a special program of DNK-Amsterdam:

Seamus Cater

Singing two anecdotal songs, one for Alexis Lapointe (1860-1924), the other for L.S. Lowry (1887-1976)



Gert-jan Prins electronics, mixer
Koen Nutters - bass
Raed Yassin - bass
Andre Avelas - cooking equipment, food

An hour-long environment with delicious SNACKS for everyone.

A collaborative event of Wilfried Lentz-Rotterdam, Mediamatic and DNK-Amsterdam


James Beckett monograph - James Beckett

Special introductory offer of € 15 per book
Soft cover, 21 x 29.7 cm, 112 pages, 100 colour and 60 b/w stills, English
ISBN 978-3-86828-031-9
Out on Kehrer Verlag of Heidelberg

Contributing authors include: Will Holder, Lucy Porch, Kathrin Jentjens, Khwezi Gule, Dean Henning, Alex Sudheim, Johann Peter Murmann and Brian Wilton
Editorial team: Tania Theodorou, Zhana Ivanova
Design: Judith Vissel

This publication was made possible by:
The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB)
T293, Naples
Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam
Luettgenmeijer, Berlin
Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing

The work of South African artist James Beckett (1977) stems from research-based activity, looking quite naturally backwards. The evolution in specific areas of the industrial revolution have played muse; such as the foundation of synthetic colour manufacture and its relationship to BASF, and the cultural implications of vacuum tubes for the Dutch firm Philips. His works often follow nonsensical lines of exploration along such paths, resulting in historical interventions, in the form of sculpture, sound and print. Included in this monograph are details of Beckett’s own registered tartan, a Scottish fabric whose pattern is a tabulation of the first stomach digestive experiments.