A Keynote address by a disembodied, kinetic expert in the nascent field of morbid economy. Individual feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing will be linked to poor performance and market failure through a series of PowerPoint charts that recommend cognitive reprogramming on a national scale. With musical accompaniment by the artist.
Prospects For Growth – Screening. Double Dip Depression will be introduced by a brief 4 minute screening of Kenning’s film Prospects For Growth.
Dean Kenning works as an artist, researcher, curator and writer. He has exhibited work recently at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh; ASC Gallery, London; James Taylor Gallery, London and Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea and in art collective ‘The Work in Progress’ as part of Whitechapel Gallery’s commissioning programme of art outside the gallery space. Kenning’s artworks create a non-contemplative aesthetic of material compulsion, B-movie horror and idiocy. Often working in a directly communicative manner, concerned with political subject matter or used in pedagogical situations.This combination of cognitive recognition (communication and humour) and non-recognition (strangeness) as a dialectical method of production relates to the question of specific artistic function.
Previous works include paintings of monsters on estate agent signs for The Dulwich Horror: HP Lovecraft and the Crisis in British Housing (Space Station Sixty-Five), Sunset Over Civilisation, a psychedelic slide-show lecture by a decrepit kinetic art professor, and Metallurgy of the Subject, a project encompassing animation, drawings and performance which allegorises recent philosophical re-conceptions of ‘community’ and communism (Nancy, Badiou, Agamben, etc) as a process of alchemical sacrificial transmutation.