Dower, Sean (2006) Automaton Tate Britain, London, UK.

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Video and performance artist Dower participated in ‘Single Shot’ at Tate Britain, London (2006), an exhibition of a single screen video projection with sound. All the works in the exhibition were filmed in a single continuous take. Dower’s film, 'Automaton', was commissioned by the Film and Video Umbrella for gallery exhibition, outdoor and cinematic screening and web-download. One of the principal aims of his research was to represent in film both the performance and the technology of its representation, each on an equal footing. This work featured an improvising percussionist (Steve Noble) playing a black and chrome drum-kit against a brightly lit, white background. The camera movement was programmed using a Motion Control camera rig (of the type often used in commercial cinema and television for special effects). Referencing the ‘live’ single take in cinema (Orson Wells’s, 'Touch of Evil') and the technology behind subjectively perceived camera movement e.g., the Steady-Cam as used by Stanley Kubrick in 'The Shining' or '2001, A Space Odyssey'), Dower’s film also explored improvisation and the ‘live take’ in music. This project was supported by the Arts Council and Film Council of Great Britain and Premier Percussion. The exhibition also toured to venues in Manchester, Gateshead, Birmingham and other UK cities and included the work of other artists including Clio Barnard, Ori Gersht, Mike Marshall and George Barber. The exhibition was reviewed in The Times (08.11.06) and Modern Painters (March 2007), both articles having complementary and descriptive paragraphs referring to 'Automaton'. The film can be reviewed on the website which accompanied the exhibition (

Item Type: Other form of assessable output
Uncontrolled Keywords: Video; Performance; Singe Shot; percussion; Steady Cam; Film
Subjects: W000 Creative Arts and Design > W600 Photography and Film
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W500 Dance
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Arts and Media
Depositing User: Faculty of Arts editor
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 11:01

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