A Beaconsfield Commission
22 February – 30 April 2006
Wednesday Sunday 12-6pm
(closed Good Friday, 14 April)
Preview Tuesday 21 February from 6pm
Greenwich Degree Zero is the first collaboration between artist Rod Dickinson and artist/novelist Tom McCarthy.
The 2006 Beaconsfield Commission, Greenwich Degree Zero, was included in History Will Repeat Itself, an exhibition curated by Dr. Inke Arns at Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund (9 June – 23 September 2007). The show also travelled to KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (18 November 2007 – 13 January 2008).
The artists’ starting point is a strange late nineteenth-century event: on the afternoon of February 15th, 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 this building — the place from which all time throughout the British Empire and the world was measured and regulated.
In Greenwich Degree Zero, Rod Dickinson and Tom McCarthy re-imagine Bourdin’s act as a successful attack on the Observatory. The resulting installation reports an event that did not quite happen, blurring the distinction between fact and fiction and relocating the genuine public outrage and hysteria about the threat of anarchist terror that prevailed in the 1890s in this ambiguous space of non-event.
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