[NetBehaviour] Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

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Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

Rod Dickinson in collaboration with Steve Rushton

November 19th 2010 - January 16th 2011
Opening Thursday November 18th: 6pm-9pm

Alma Enterprises is pleased to present Who, What, Where, When, Why and 
How a solo show by British artist Rod Dickinson. The show will be the UK 
premier of his new video installation that was made in collaboration 
with Steve Rushton. The show marks an important return to Alma's 
previous focus on exploring the potential of the performative as a mode 
of critique and exposure within art practice.

Who, What, Where, When, Why and How interrogates the historical form and 
role of the presidential speech and governmental press briefing and is 
set in a meticulously constructed press conference environment, where 
two actors deliver a simulated forty five minute press briefing.

The script is composed solely of fragments of speeches and press 
statements from the cold war onwards and focuses on the way in which 
similar declarations and political rhetoric have been repeated and 
reused by numerous governments across continents and ideological divides 
to justify acts of aggression and state sanctioned violence.

The viewer is drawn into the speech by the seamless and forceful 
delivery of the actors, whilst the documentary sources of the script are 
revealed simultaneously on two presidential style autocues which display 
the scrolling script of the speech and expose it's repetitive, 
fragmentary and modular structure.

As a result the language and method of constructing such rhetoric is 
highlighted alongside its visual and theatrical syntax. The repetition 
of this methodology throughout recent history and the seamless flow of 
the briefing reveals how this method of social control has remained an 
effective tool for justifying state aggression, often recasting it as a 
humanitarian act or the solution to an impending danger.

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