Our contemporary world is saturated with feedback systems; in our workplaces, in our everyday lives and in our technology and media systems.
My artworks research and explore how they act as a form of control and how we interact with them, often unconsciously performing prescribed roles. The projects on these web pages aim to critically reflect their impact on individual and collective behaviour.
Often my artworks also utilise methods of reconstruction, and restaging, focusing on historical moments, objects or events that have clear and instructive parallels with the present.
I am also the Programme leader for BA(Hons) Creative Media Design, at the University of West England in Bristol.
The Air Loom in ‘Médiarchie’, Citton, Y. Seuil, 2017, Paris
Closed Circuit in ‘Information’, Cook, S. ed: Information. MIT press, 2016
3D model, Video stream and live data:
A 3D model of a Victorian police truncheon, that is animated by a stream of live data. Outlier Detection monitors and measures the frequency with which UK legislation is made in real time.
Sculpture and audio guide:
A large sculpture (and audio guide) that is based on a series of delusions of a famous bedlam patient dating from 1810. The patient, James Tilly Matthews, believed that the imaginary machine was a 'mind control device'.
The Milgram Re-enactment: Essays on Rod Dickinson's re-enactment of Stanley Milgram’s obedience to authority experiment
The three essays contained in this book ask a series of questions about the re-enactment and the original experiment.
The book is edited by Steve Rushton and the essays are by: Vivienne Gaskin, Tom McCarthy and Steve Rushton
The essays explore key ideas about re-enactment and Milgram’s experiment including: repetition and trauma , 'the banality of evil' (Arendt, 1963), classic forms of tragic drama, the ethics of representation, theatricality and mediation.
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