The Second Commandment (2009)


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In September 2009, Professor John Harvey was Visiting Artist & Scholar at the Department of Fine Art, University of Calgary, Canada. There he presented a paper entitled ‘An Anti-Icon: A Protestant Art Now’ based on his practice-based research on art and the Bible. He also performed, for the first time, sections from The Second Commandment I (2009) – an audio-artefact derived from Exodus 20.4. The sound artwork forms part of his current research projects The Aural Bible II and The Pictorial Bible III: TransfigurationsThe Second Commandment is, what John describes as, a ‘non-image’ or ‘anti-icon’, comprising spoken biblical texts, electric-guitar compositions, and electronic devices. John also taught on the department’s MFA course. One of the School of Art’s own PhD Fine Art students, Susan Fraser-Hughes, is presently undertaking the program by distance-learning with the assistance of Professor Eric Cameron (External Co-Supervisor at the University of Calgary).

Sound recording of The Second Commandment (2009).

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