Preview - Invites: Elliot Dodd

Elliot Dodd, The Manbody, 2017, 4K digital film (production still)
Elliot Dodd, The Manbody, 2017, 4K digital film (production still)


Join us for the preview of Elliot Dodd's Zabludowicz Collection Invites exhibition.

For this solo exhibition Dodd is developing a new video, which borrows its stylistic structure from hip hop music videos. The focus is on a conversation between two characters, seated in a luxury people carrier vehicle in an underground car park. Plato’s Timaeus, written c. 360 BC, forms the starting point of the script; a dialogue that addresses the creation of the world and the nature of being, through to more base matters of bodily functions. Dodd reformats his sources through precise text and video editing and the use of computer generated avatar masks overlaying the filmed footage. One of the characters is seen immersed in playing a Sony Playstation VR system throughout, continuing Dodd’s interest in recent developments in Virtual Reality technology. Richly textured and rhythmically fractured music also plays a key part in the atmosphere of the piece, composed in collaboration with a Detroit-based electronic producer.

Elliot Dodd (B. 1978) lives and works in London. He studied at the RA Schools 2013–16, and previously completed his BA at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. In drawings, sculptures, videos and computer animations Dodd responds to the brash and awkward nature of both consumer products and contemporary masculinity. The work uses diverse points of reference, both contemporary and historical, to reflect on the fundamentals of human desire and attraction as they are shaped though channels of technology into hyper-smooth and often absurd surfaces.