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Beckett Centenary celebrated in 21st Century style – University of Reading

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Beckett Centenary celebrated in 21st Century style

Release Date 29 September 2006

The work of Samuel Beckett and his centenary this year is being celebrated through a 21st-Century medium. The University of Reading's Fine Art department has commissioned a new video work by video artists Paul Harrison and John Wood. The work – entitled Another Pair - will celebrate the centenary of Samuel Beckett. The piece is a two-screen work which examines human interaction and our fascination with the properties of everyday objects. Another pair takes its title from Beckett's short story The End (1946). The story's protagonist shares the preoccupation that Harrison and Wood have for the absurdity of creative activity. Acknowledging Beckett as an important influence on their practice, Harrison and Wood's work explores the nature of the 'work' of art. Stephen Buckley, Professor of Fine Art, said: "It is a delight to be able to present this poignant and accessible new work by internationally-known artists in the centre of Reading." The documentation of the commission will reside long term and be made publicly available within the Samuel Beckett Archive housed at the University of Reading. The project is supported by the Arts Council of England and is being held in association with the Reading Artists in the City project together with the support of Stonemartin Corporate Centres. • Davidson House, Forbury Square, Reading, RG1 3EU Reception Thursday 5 October 2006 5-7pm Exhibition continues 6 – 13 October 2006 7am until 7pm Further information For further information contact Lucy Ferguson, Senior Press Officer, on 0118 378 7388, or email L.Ferguson@reading.ac.uk

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