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Beatrice Jarvis
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  • London
  • United Kingdom
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Jerwood Photography Award

Started Nov 26, 2008

Beatrice Jarvis Urban research through choreography and Photography: Urban re:Passages,

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cities like dreams are made of desires and fears. Their rules are absurd

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College / University
Dartington, ( BA) Goldsmiths, ( MA) Ulster ( PhD)
Program / Degree
Choreography and Visual Arts ( BA hons first class) Photography and Urban Cultures ( MA Distinction) Architecture, Art and Design ( PhD
September 10, 2013
Member type
Artist, Curator
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Event, Film, Installation, Performance, Photography, Sculpture, Video
I am...
a wanderer, a collectot of moments, things, images and objects. I am a gradaute. I am working in galleries. I am excited by life and am always busy. I am a choreogrpahic and Visual Artist. I am always reading. I work in the city and the city is my playground.

I have just been awarded a first class degree from Dartington College of Arts in Choreography and Visual Art. This has provided me with a wide and diverse artistic and academic skills base. I focused my degree on Urban Studies, with enquiry into anthropological practices, flaneurie, derive and observational practice. Using street and city as my studio, I conducted studies of the use of urban wasteland in the UK and Europe. I express my explorations in a diverse range of media, chiefly photography, performance, film and writing. As a student I exhibited in a range of locations and countries building my practice as an artist.
About my artwork
‘Cities, like dreams are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.’

The city street offers a myriad of inspiration. The street provides an essential communication network for all city dwellers, a place of activity or calm, a place where we are free to wander, to rush, to sit, to use and to create.

I approach my practice with the idea that art should not be restricted to a studio, and I make the majority of my work in open and public spaces. I am keen to develop means of raising key social questions related to public space use and research how space in urban contexts can be more creatively used. I explore through site performance, photography and multi disciplinary work different areas of cities in Europe.

My practice draws on anthropological field research techniques and town planning and urban surveying, then translated into a more creative artistic context. I have researched extensively to draw links and inspiration from existing observational practices. I draw strong links to early concepts associated with Louis Aragon (Paris Peasant), Walter Benjamin (The Arcades Project) and stem key ideas from the Situationists and Happenings.

My artistic practice is strongly supported by detailed research methods to ensure through contextualisation. I constantly collect recent urban material, documenting current creative responses to cities, frequently on the fringes of legality operating as urban guerrillas. I gradually realised that these practitioners had little or no academic framework for their work and that they were repeating, unselfconsciously, many of the explorations and experiments in which artists responding to the city had been engaged in since the late 18th century.

The city is the choreography of life, and it can be used as resource for artistic practice; it can form a productive and substantial input for the creative mind. The motifs of human form repeat on the streets, to be observed, interpreted, or simply left in their flux. Crescendos and diminuendos of the bustling street rise and fall with the breath of the city, a living organism which one can walk upon, in, beside and amongst.

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Artists I like
Atget, Henderson, Baudelaire. Frank, Greenfield, Eisenstaedt, Corbuiser, Plato, Whyte, Teige, Jacobs, Ignatovitch, Becker, Auerbach, Calvino, Walter Benjamin... mainly urban based works from the 1960's.
Large Format Cameras, Super 8, Polorids, found objects, interventions, town planning, urban design, architecture, social theory, dance in landscape, urban games, site work.
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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Beatrice Jarvis's Blog

New Site for Beatrice Jarvis. Choreographer, Photographer and Urban researcher

This is a post to update and inform of my current practice:

I am now using a new site to reflect my work,

Please go to


This is a site which details both blog posts and some overviews… Continue

Posted on July 6, 2009 at 15:35


a day in the city

locations pinnned on to a ripped map

i wander, i wonder

i do not seek areas of deolation

they seem to attract me

to pull me in and inspire

leaving me hungry in a full street

i sit at the bus stop asking


trying to find


which have no


we walk

we sit

you ask

i wonder what… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 15:34

Venice thoughts

Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venesia or Venexia) is a city in northern Italy, the capital of the region Veneto, and has a population of 271,251 (census estimate January 1, 2004). Together with Padua, the city is included in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area (population 1,600,000). Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "and City of Bridges", and "The City of Light". It is considered by many to be one of the most…

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 21:28

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At 21:40 on July 6, 2009, JoAnna said…
Hey - congratulations on your success!!
At 18:58 on February 19, 2009, kara cardinale said…
Hi like the work especially interesting is the stuff where I think its you playing eith the process - chemicals etc. Noticed that you are organizing a show at the Jerwood space. Would you consider posting it at www.b-uncut.com. We have some artists who I think would be very interested.
At 20:15 on November 26, 2008, JoAnna said…
The city is also like theatre - everyday there is a new act, new actors and new direction! I like your eclectic taste, a bit of this, a bit of that and it all comes together, happy life!


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