Rod Dickinson

Rod Dickinson’s works are research-driven, exploring various mechanisms of social and digital control, and how we as individuals and groups interact with them. His projects critically reflect on both the focus of their enquiry and on their own construction, revealing how interaction is often unconscious, as people perform pre-prescribed roles. Many of his projects have utilised methods of reconstruction and re-staging, focusing on historical objects and events that have clear parallels with the present.


Outlier Detection

Digital print on Dibond

Outlier Detection

A print of a 3D-animated Victorian police truncheon, which explodes and reconfigures based on live data related to the passing into law of unregulated Statutory Instrument bills by the UK government.

Closed Circuit

Performance and three channel video installation with two tele-prompters

Closed Circuit

A simulated political press briefing using fragments of political speeches and briefings, to make a looping narrative about the declaration of states of emergency and political responses to catastrophes.

Greenwich Degree Zero

Photographs, newspapers, news clippings, pamphlets, 8mm film, stands, chairs

Greenwich Degree Zero

An installation of recreated 19th century media, fictionalising a real attempted Anarchist bomb plot to destroy the Greenwich Observatory in 1894.

The Milgram Re-Enactment

Photographic triptych of performance space comprising of electro shock equipment, tables, shelf, surveillance windows

The Milgram Re-Enactment

The Milgram Re-enactment is a re-enactment of Dr Stanley Milgram's infamous 1961 social psychology experiment 'Obedience to Authority’, made in collaboration with Graeme Edler and Steve Rushton.

Solo Exhibitions

2016     The Air Loom, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London, UK

2012     Greenwich Degree Zero, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, UK

2011     Greenwich Degree Zero, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK

2011     Closed Circuit, Aksioma Institute for  Contemporary Arts Project Space, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2010     Who, What, Where, When, Why and How, Alma Enterprises, London, UK

2010     Greenwich Degree Zero, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK

2006     Greenwich Degree Zero, Beaconsfield London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016      Outlier Detection, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, UK,            

2015      Control Mode Feedback/Kontrollmodus Feedback, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany        

2012      The City & The City, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, US            

2011      52nd Oktober Salon, The Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, Serbia        

2009      Evil to the Core,The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Tel Aviv, Israel            

2009      Performing Evidence, SMART Project Space,  Amsterdam, Netherlands            

2008      The Return of Religion and Other Myths, BAK, Basis Voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht ,Netherlands.            

2007      History Will Repeat Itself, Strategies of Re-Enactment in Contemporary (Media) Art and Performance, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany        

2006      Prophets Of Deceit, The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, US

2005      Life, Once More, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards