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Tom Dale [Videonale 12]

*1974 in Kendal GBR, lives in London GBR
Studied at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge GBR, at Goldsmiths College, London GBR and at Academy of Fine Arts, Warschau POL


Exhibitions [selection]:


2012 Tatton Sculpture Biennial, Cheshire GBR
         Tangenticide (with Jamie Goerge), Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge GBR

2011 The Art of Pop Video, Cologne GER

2010 Center for Contemporary Art, Malta MLT
         Take Shape – Make Shift, Instants Chavirés, Paris FRA
         Centrum Voor Jonge Kunst, Ghent NED

2009 ITC Cinema, New York USA [S]
         Saxon, The Schwartz Gallery, London GBR
         Altered Sequence, Event Gallery, London GBR

2008 Kings Island, Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth GBR [S]




Tom Dale [Videonale.12] x

Shot through, 2007, 02:56 min, colour, sound [Videonale.12]

How do we react when a gun is fired? Even if it is only aimed at something that is supposedly lifeless? Tom Dale raises these questions in his work Shot Through. The video begins with a drum set standing in a forest. A shot is heard. And a second. Many others follow. The editing accelerates the destruction of the drums. Through the alternating shots, the viewer witnesses the various facets of the carnage-the explosion of the wood or the denting of metal-and the issue of materiality is shifted into focus. After the hail of bullets has ceased, closeups are shown of the drum, which has been shot to pieces. Comparisons to a gutted corpse are deliberate, and the drums transformed from a ere thing into are animal-like creature. The forest setting is reminiscent of a hunting scene, although it is alienated from the ethics of hunting and instead portrays the execution of the objects.The rhythm and sound quality of the shots are also analogous to percussion. Rhythm is given to the visual destruction through the quick series of cuts. As a symbol for rock music, the drum set also brings to mind musicians who demolish their instruments on stage. Tom Dale plays with the double meaning of the word "shot:" it also refers to a photograph or film recording, and at the same time equates the weapon with the camera. Is it responsible for this Shot Through?

Lars Fleischmann

Tom Dale