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Beatrice Gibson produces ﬁlms, performances and texts or scores that draw from ﬁction, the voice, sound, and the slippery nature of language. Drawing on avant garde musical composition and experimental literature from the 1950 onwards, her previous works have been directly inﬂuenced by composers including John Cage and Cornelius Cardew, and writers B S Johnson and Gertrude Stein. Gibson often gives up a degree of authorial control in the production of her works, operating like the references she draws on in a more open ended manner with the performers, participants, objects and materials involved.
Gibson’s 2014 ﬁlm F FOR FIBONACCI explores the tentative connection between economics, ﬁnance and 20th century avant garde musical composition, its point of departure being William Gaddis’ epic 1975 capitalist satire JR. The novel follows an 11 year old boy who, with the help of his school’s resident composer, creates a vast ﬁnancial empire through penny stocks and postal orders. Gibson uses a moment in the novel in which a televised economics lesson and a music class are accidentally scrambled to create a ﬁlm that plays with and extends both the subject matter and style of Gaddis’ work. Structured around a conversation between the artist and 11 year old Clay Barnard Chodzko, who Gibson worked with on the ﬁlm, F FOR FIBONACCI guides us through a virtual world created by Chodzko in the computer game Minecraft: a fantasy playground built for his imaginary billionaire Mr Money.
Beatrice Gibson (born 1978, UK) lives and works in London. She has an MA in Visual Cultures (2006), a PhD in Visual Cultures (2012) from Goldsmiths University, London, and undertook the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York in 2008–9. She was winner of the 17th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel in 2015, was nominated for the Jarman Award 2013 and shortlisted for the Whitechapel Max Mara Prize for Women Artists 2013–15. Her ﬁlms were shown at New York Film festival and Toronto International ﬁlm festival in 2015. In 2016 she has solo exhibitions at MUDAM, Luxembourg and Grazer Kunstverein, Graz. Recent solo exhibitions include Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2014) CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (2013) and Index – Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2013).
F FOR FIBONACCI, 2014. Courtesy of Laura Bartlett gallery, London and LUX, London.