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Artist Keith Harrison discusses his interdisciplinary, collaborative practice.

Since graduating from the RCA in 2002 Keith Harrison has established an interdisciplinary collaborative practice involved with the transformation of materials, to unpredictable effect, in a series of process-based, public experiments. Large-scale works have attempted to permanently change the properties of materials, or our perception of them. Harrison’s work is permeated with an awareness of social issues: the relation with audience; the value of artefacts; references to popular music and social housing. His works are often actively formed by the influence of collaborators and in this lecture Harrison will talk about this influence and recent projects including creating sculptures for skateboarders to use, submitting ceramics to the grindcore onslaught of Napalm Death or Will Gregory of Goldfrapp composing music for monumental concrete blocks that will be dumped in the sea.

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Keith Harrison (born in West Bromwich) lives and works in Plymouth. Recent solo exhibitions and presentations include: Heavy Rock | Plymouth Sound, KARST, Plymouth (2015); Mute, National Museum Wales, Cardiff (2015); Tombstone (Let’s Get Over This) Dynamix Skatepark, Gateshead (2015); Bustleholme (with Napalm Death), De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2013); ‘Moon: a public demonstration’, V&A Museum, London (2013 ) / Matt’s Gallery (2015); Lucie Rie vs Grindcore, V&A Museum, London (2012); Blue Monday/White Label, Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall (2010). Selected group exhibitions: Jerwood Open Forest at Jerwood Space London (2016) Material Language, New Art Centre, Salisbury (2016); Super Woofer, Matt’s Gallery, (2015); ‘Sound Matters’ Touring exhibition (2013); Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Visual Arts, national tour (2011). Harrison was Ceramics Resident at the V&A Museum, London in 2012-13.