Douglas Gordon’s 24 Hour Psycho Via Walter Benjamin
  • Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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Walter Benjamin wrote that ‘there is no document of civilisation that is not at the same time a document of barbarism’. This enigmatic statement seems ideally suited to describe Douglas Gordon’s 24 Hour Psycho, a video installation in which the Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is slowed down so that it plays at two frames per second for an entire day and night.

The ‘shower scene’ from Psycho has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Gordon’s work anticipates the iconic moment, and extend it, with excruciating gradualness. For this reason, 24 Hour Psycho can be read as a strangely contemplative provocation, interweaving a sophisticated reflection on time and aesthetics with a celebration of insane brutality. Dir Kim Charnley, Associate Lecturer in Art History at Plymouth University explores this perspective on Gordon’s work through Benjamin’s cultural and aesthetic theory.

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Date: 11 October 
Time: 19:00-20:00 + time for questions
Venue: Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Ticket information: £6/£4.20. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPIA.

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'Searching' season

This year Peninsula Arts have brought together a talented team of curators, artists and academic advisors to present a line-up of exhibitions, films, talks, performances and music events that all respond to the theme of ‘Searching’. 

The continual search for knowledge and understanding of the world around us is what underpins and fuels university life and so ‘Searching’ seemed a prescient way to launch into the new academic year. Whether the search is for home, for identity or new experiences, this season’s programme is sure to delight and stretch your imagination in many ways.

Image: Douglas Gordon Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie), 2007. Burnt photographic print, smoke and mirror. © Studio lost but found / DACS 2016

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