Spike Island

Extra CurricularArt and culture reading group


Tuesday 11 September 2012, 6–8pm


Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

Contact us for full details of the session's text.

Event type

Extra Curricular

This monthly reading group is a platform for discovering and debating current topics in art, cultural theory and experimental fiction. Sessions are hosted by invited guests who have suggested texts that have been influential on their practice or form part of their research.

After taking a summer recess, Extra Curricular returns with a discussion led by artist Rod Dickinson who has selected Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance by Jon McKenzie. This 2001 text explores the relationship between cultural, organisational and technological performance.

The reading for this event are Chapter 0. Challenges and Chapter 5. Challenging Forth: The Power of Performance. In the 2001 edition published by Taylor & Francis, these are pages 3–19 and 155–172. Please contact us for a copy of the text.

Rod Dickinson

Rod Dickinson is a visual artist and lecturer in media and cultural studies at University of West England in Bristol, his art work explores ideas of control and mediation and focuses on the way in which our behaviour is moderated by feedback systems. Using detailed research into moments of the past and present, he has made a series of meticulously re-enacted events that represent various mechanisms of social control.

Recent solo exhibitions include Class Wargames present Guy Debord’s The Game of War at the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts in Bath (2011), Closed Circuit at Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Arts Project Space, Ljubljana (2011) and Greenwich Degree Zero at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (2011). Dickinson's work has also appeared in group exhibitions and screening programmes including The Coming Community, The Search for Community in Contemporary Art at Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2011), The Milgram Re-enactment and Closed Circuit at Oktober Salon, Belgrade, (2011) and The Milgram Re-enactment at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, in The Lucifer Effect (2011-12).

Rod Dickinson's website