Monthly Archives: March 2015


Anticipatory Objects 2015. Divine Exchange temporary art space, Leeds.

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nticipatory Objects 2015, Old Mining, University of Leeds.

The three month long studio residency came to an end on the 26th February with an open studio event at the temporary art space. the work was then re-installed within The Old Mining building at The University of Leeds from the 2nd to the 13th of March 2015. The following text accompanied the exhibitions.

Anticipatory Objects
Thursday 26th February 2015 5-9pm, 82 North Street, Leeds.
Monday 2nd to Friday 13th March 2015, the entrance foyer Old Mining Building at the University of Leeds.

         ‘Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are’.
– Bertolt Brecht

         ‘Form is only a snapshot view of a transition’ – Henri Bergson

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.

The ‘discarded object’ is the bearer of complex social relations, often highlighting uncomfortable truths regarding our wasteful consumption as well as our exploitation of people and resources. Re-employing found materials together with digitally produced components may yet represent an optimistic turn.

My 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. Construction acts, however briefly, in opposition to entropy.

This exhibition of work marks the end of a three month residency project at a temporary art space courtesy of East Street Arts. I have kept a blog that can be found at that maps the development of the project in more detail.

Tom Beesley
Fine Art PhD Candidate
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University of Leeds