Rod dickinson

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Rod dickinson

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I am a visual artist and lecturer in media and cultural studies at University of West England in Bristol, my work explores ideas of control and mediation and focuses on the way in which our behaviour is moderated by feedback systems.

My most recent project 'Who, What, Where, When, Why and How' - an examination of the government press briefing - was staged at SMART Project Space in Amsterdam in July 2009 as part of the exhibition 'Performing Evidence'.

In 2002 I recreated Dr Stanley Milgram’s infamous 1961 social psychology experiment 'Obedience to Authority' at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. Where participants were asked to give apparently lethal electric shocks to an unwilling victim to test how far they would be prepared to obey an authoritative scientist and inflict pain on a protesting person.

Other work has included the recreation of the media around an 1894 bomb plot to destroy Greenwich Observatory; 'Greenwich Degree Zero' (with novelist Tom McCarthy, 2006).