Christian Disco

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
31 May – 21 September 2014
selected by Paul Noble

exhibited works:

Christian Disco (Terminator)

gallery information:

‘Since the early 1990’s Dean has been appropriating existing cultural imagery and blending it with unexpected music or other film footage to create new works entirely separate from the origins of their component parts. The history and narratives of the original works form layers within Dean’s art pieces, but then take on new significance or energy that is often personal to the artist.

Christian Disco (Terminator), 2010 takes a three second clip from the Terminator’s point-of-view shot of a dance floor, progressively time-shifting this loop, and superimposing the results while cycling through the colour spectrum. The resulting video image is synced to the music from the end credits of the original movie, which is in turn accompanied by two looped audio recordings (“Here ends the first/second lesson”) taken from the ends of Bible readings on Holocaust Memorial Day.’

Paul Noble on Mark Dean:

‘I co-ran the London gallery City Racing from 1989 to 1999. City Racing was an artist run space in a squatted South London tenement building. One of the few criteria we had was to show artists only once. One of two exceptions to this rule was Mark Dean who showed there in 1992 and again in 1996.’