2014-03-27

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Foto: Rod Dickinson

Lecture Art History 
Rod Dickinson: "Performance Machines"
The lecture will explore of the legacy of post war information systems that inscribe the human subject into situations and institutions that manage and measure performance, choice and productivity. Thus creating a systemic unity of man and machine connected together through a process of fluid and continuous feedback. The presentation will focus particularly on how performance, dramaturgy, language and repetition can be used to interrogate and split apart this pervasive ontology.

Rod Dickinson is an artist and lecturer in Media, Culture and Practice at University of West England in Bristol. His artworks have explored the way in which our behaviour interacts with media feedback systems and social contexts. Using detailed research into moments of the past and present, he has made a series of meticulously re-enacted events and performances that explore the link between these mechanisms and our behaviour. In 2002 he restaged Stanley Milgram’s infamous ‘Obedience to Authority’ experiment.

Time: Friday April 4, 13.00–15.00
Place: Kungl. Konsthögskolan / Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Lecture hall, 4th floor