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Bettina Furnée

Bettina Furnée was born in the Netherlands and initially trained as a lettercutter and art historian. She set up her studio in Cambridge in 1989 and went on to gain an MA in Public Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1992-93).

Over the years her work developed into an interdisciplinary art practice, which is rooted in notions of site and uses language as its primary material. She has worked on many public art commissions, producing site-specific text works in different media. The literary content of the work is created through research, or in collaboration with local participants or writers.

She initiated two complex and collaborative art projects: If Ever You’re in the Area took place at two art venues and coastal sites in East Anglia and included temporary and moving image work, focused on fear of invasion and land use.

The film Lines of Defence (Bettina Furnée & Tim Sidell, 2008) documents the disappearance of an art installation and 17 metres of Suffolk coastline through erosion in 2005, and is included in the British Film Institute Mediatheque. Powerhouse was an 8-week long live word association game held at Cambridge University Library, which playfully investigated subjectivity, and resulted in a web archive and time-lapse film. She is currently involved in an international residency exchange for Eastern Exchanges, part of Museums, Libraries and Archives national Stories of the World programme.

Bettina Furnée is an Arts Council England selected Escalator artist and has a studio at Wysing Arts Centre. She is founder member of peer support group BAT and attends Wysing Art Centre’s board meetings as observer.

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