Bettina Furnée’s work is specific to a location, duration or situation, and is often produced as a body of work in different media, relating to one project. She uses language as her primary material, and the content of the work is generated through research, or produced in collaboration with participants. Furnée has been involved in many public realm projects, producing site-specific text works for local government, architects, Arts Council and Ministry of Justice. She was recently selected for an International Exchange residency as part of Eastern Exchanges.
She initiated several complex and collaborative art projects: If Ever You’re in the Area took place in 2005/06 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. Powerhouse involved an 8-week long live word association game at Cambridge University Library in 2008, which playfully investigated subjectivity, resulting in a web archive and time-lapse film. In 2012 she staged Reality Rules using augmented reality to populate Parker’s Piece in Cambridge with New Rules for a Fair Society.
Bettina Furnée was educated at Leiden University, David Kinderley’s Workshop, Anglia Ruskin University and Chelsea College of Art. She was selected Visual Art Escalator artist 2010/11. She is founder member of peer review group BAT and sits as studio representative on the board of Wysing Arts Centre.