Two Fine Examples Of British Dentistry

Beagles & Ramsay

2009, 20:48 minutes, colour, English


Please note: This work must be shown on a 4:3 format monitor, and should not be projected.

Our doppelganger dandy selves are seen in various states of inconsequential action and drugged inertia within a spacious and well-appointed studio. They absent-mindedly fiddle with various paintings and sculptures, then retreat to the couch to ponder and dream. They are refined to a self indulgently ludicrous degree. This work explored the relationship between a seemingly alienated studio practice and broader forces at work in the world. This video also drew upon an absurd tradition of doomed male protagonist pairings in darkly comic works such as Flaubert’s
‘Bouvard and Pecuchet,’ or Beckett’s ‘Mercier and Camier.’

The use of fictive self-portraiture and doppelganger selves has been an important element of our work over many years. Our presence within the work has always been a performed presence; using doppelgangers has been a way to speak through multiple personae. Creating and inhabiting these shifting personae, has allowed us the freedom to explore aspects of contemporary culture – such as consumerism, the cult of celebrity, political agency and disenfranchisement – without the restrictions of a singular, authoritative voice.

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