Rod Dickinson & Tom McCarthy: Greenwich Degree Zero

24.07.10 - 10.10.10
On 15 February 1894 a French anarchist named Martial Bourdin was killed when the bomb he was carrying detonated. The explosion took place on the slope beneath the Royal Observatory in London’s Greenwich Park and it was generally assumed that his intention had been to blow up the Observatory.

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In Greenwich Degree Zero (2005-6), an extensive multimedia installation on display in the UK for the first time since it was acquired, Dickinson and McCarthy rework newspaper reports from the time and manipulate film and photography to fit their version of events. Audiences are invited to piece together events through documentation in an archive and examination room dedicated to the blast. Greenwich Degree Zero is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Rod Dickinson and Tom McCarthy, where reenactment aids their investigations into mediation and repetition, control and reality.


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