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16 December 2017

52th october salon > artists > Rod Dikinson

Rod Dickinson is a visual artist and lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at  the University of West England in Bristol. His artwork explores ideas of control and mediation, focusing on the way in which our behaviour is moderated by feedback systems. Using detailed research into moments of the past and present, Dickinson has made a series of meticulously re-enacted events that represent various mechanisms of social control.
A selection of his exhibitions include: Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel (2010),  Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand and BAK, Basis Voor Actuele Kunst, the Netherlands (2009).

 

Closed Circuit, 2010
Rod Dickinson in collaboration with Steve Rushton
20 minute long 3 channel video installation
Commissioned and produced by Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana,
Slovenia and funded by Arts Council England

In Rod Dickinson's video installation, Closed Circuit: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How, made in collaboration with Steve Rushton, two white, elderly statesmen appear onscreen to deliver a press conference. They wear bland blue suits, one seemingly decorated with military badges, and stand to attention at podiums in front of several rolled down, blue flags. They speak English in Received Pronunciation, and deliver a series of statements relating to an unclear conflict, their faces occasionally lit up by the silent flashes of cameras. They are actors in a simulated press conference, and read a miscellany of quotations taken from political speeches delivered by a variety of heads of state since the Cold War.

 

 


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