Previews & Talks

Lunchtime Perspective Tours

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Experts in the fields of engineering and contemporary arts practice will bring their unique perspective to sculpture & hydraulics.

Tours are FREE and will last approximately 20 minutes. Limited places, book to secure a place.

Tours will appear below as they are confirmed.

15 FEB    Dr Elies Dekoninck
Dr. Elies Dekoninck trained as an Industrial Designer and worked as a design consultant in industry before joining the University of Bath as a lecturer in 2004.  She teaches Product Design and Development to Mechanical Engineering students and is programme leader for the MEng in Advanced Design and Innovation. Her research interests are design methods, creativity and innovation. In her lunchtime tour she will relate Sculpture & Hydraulics to conventional engineering work by discussing the spectrum of design and making approaches from those instigated by:  tasks, needs and requirements; through to those instigated from opportunities or the imagination.

22 FEB    Professor Andrew Plummer, Director of the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control
Professor Plummer received his PhD from Bath in 1991, for research into adaptive control of hydraulic systems. He has worked for Rediffusion Simulation on flight simulator motion control systems, as a lecturer at the University of Leeds, and as R&D manager for Instron, where he helped to develop high performance electrohydraulic test systems, including crash-testing catapults, Formula One racing car test rigs, earthquake simulation tables. Professor Plummer returned to Bath in 2006. During his lunchtime tour, he will try to fathom out what James Capper’s sculptures do, and why they do it.

1 MAR    Jamie Eastman, Director of Arts
Jamie Eastman has an accomplished career in arts and culture most especially in contemporary art, performance and music. As Director of Arts he is responsible for the University’s creative arts programme engaging students, staff and local communities in the visual and performing arts. He joined Bath from Lancaster Arts, where he led Lancaster University’s arts and culture vision and secured major grant and funding relationships. Prior to this, he was Curator of Performance at Arnolfini, Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Bristol and Head of Live Performance at the ICA, London. He began his career as a music industry professional.

8 MAR    Roger Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Bath Spa University
Roger Clarke (b.1966) lives and works across London and Bath. Engaging across a variety of media including sculpture, installation, film and sound, Roger Clarke investigates on the (im)possibilities for bodies to simultaneously experience a set of scope. He is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University and his work has been exhibited in many exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

15 MAR  Jens Roesner, Technical Manager for the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control
Jens Roesner coordinates and manages the Centre’s short courses for industry, works on industrial consultancy and assists in research projects in the field of fluid power and motion control. His work on hydraulic systems focuses on experiments and physical modelling. James Capper has been working with Jens Roesner and student Declan Jonckers to prototype a new work, MONITOR. The focus on robotic control was suggested by Roesner when Capper visited the Department in 2016. This will be the first time Capper has used a computer interface in his sculpture.


It’s important that art around us today reports and records our environment and philosophy for future generations. what I want to see more of is innovation, answers, gateways and development