Dr. Ivan Pope

Title: 100 Leaves From Auschwitz 

This is one of a hundred, one of a million. During repeated visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau I picked one hundred leaves from the autumn ground. Back home I allowed them to dry and processed each one by the addition of a name of a documented victim with their camp number. Each was stamped with a map of Birkenau. Scanned, the leaves took on a new life as the output of a path finding process. These paths are drawn, one at a time, by a drawing machine. Each victim is renewed in an infinite variety of life. 

Location: Brighton, UK

Creative Experience

This work is a text. The production of texts is my working method. My texts are assembled from fragments. This work originated during my doctoral research which concerned itself with the assemblage of fragments into a larger text which is more or less my definition of the creation of an artwork. My creative life has consisted of a variety of forms. I have moved between art and entrepreneurism and writing and then back and forth between these ways of being in the world. Eventually I realised these all had the same underlying creative driver. It came into focus as I undertook my doctoral research. I saw a connection between neuronontypicality (attention deficit) and my internal creative drive. Everything is a manifestation of this. This work assembles a group of found objects which have been transmogrified through a digital process and regurgitated in analogue form.

 Biography and links

Ivan Pope is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, artist and long distance cyclist. He is an artist who graduated from Goldsmiths College Fine Art BA with the YBA generation. As an entrepreneur he invented the cybercafe and founded the world’s first web magazine. He has taught at art colleges in London, Newport and Brighton. He has an MA in creative non-fiction from UEA and a PhD in creative from Plymouth University. He is an Associate of the Centre for Memory, Narrative and History at Brighton University and his current interdisciplinary research examines the landscape as archive.


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