Illuminated Manuscripts


Installation, photography, mixed media

Illuminated Manuscripts

Past: September 30 → November 16, 2011

Illuminated Manuscripts is a project about writing, archives and photography. It emphasizes the figure/ground relationship that is physically inscribed on the surface of Marshall McLuhan’s documents and manuscripts. Bean contextualizes McLuhan’s writing process within a framework of obsolete electronic technologies. He presents a selection of recent photographs of objects in the collection of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum such as the telegraph, dictaphone, and typewriter alongside new video works that animate 100 of McLuhan’s original documents from the collection of the Library and Archives Canada.

Robert Bean

Robert Bean is an artist, writer and teacher living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently a Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Robert Bean has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and New Zealand. Robert Bean’s solo exhibition Metamorphosis was presented at the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto in February 2007. Other solo exhibitions include Verbatim, exhibited at Akau Inc, Toronto Ontario, January 2006 and Lapsus, exhibited at the Dalhousie University Art Gallery in January 2005. Robert Bean has published articles on photography, art and cultural history, written catalogue essays and has completed numerous curatorial projects.

Organized by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, McLuhan100, the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the Faculty of Information Coach House Institute, University of Toronto.

  • Lecture Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 5 PM

    Artist talk by Robert Bean, Lewis Kaye and David Rokeby, in english (reservation 01 44 43 21 48)

  • Opening Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6 PM

    Opening : 6–8:30 p.m. Free entrance

07 Paris 7 Zoom in 07 Paris 7 Zoom out

5, rue de Constantine

75007 Paris

T. 01 44 43 21 90 — F. 01 44 43 21 99

Official website

Assemblée Nationale

Opening hours

Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artist

  • Robert Bean