[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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