Guy Bar Amotz at Rib

Artist: Guy Bar Amotz

Exhibition title: Dickheads – In Control

Venue: Rib, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Date: January 26 – April 6, 2018

Photography: Jeroen Laven / all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Rib, Rotterdam

“I have two stage names: Pinchas and William, Pini and Willie.” —Peter

Dickheads. In Control, a new work by the London-based artist Guy Bar Amotz (1967), is the lat-est iteration of an evolving musical theatre installation that takes the legendary band

The Dickheads (San Francisco 1976–80) as its starting point. It is a story of servitude unsuccess-fully disguised as male potency. Richard the Robot is the chosen leader of the band. The people wearing the robot masks are not part of the band. It is a story of collective male child mutilation, painting, girls, senseless manhood. Of Jewish soil, golem servants, Pinocchio, Discobolus, Orpheus, Richard the Robot, dickheadedness and extended family. Of being a father, brit milah, becoming a phallus, a mutilated dick. Of Saint Paulus, the Jew-Christian, Pini and Willie, Pinchas and William, Shmolokovich, “most women call me by my real name though”. The mythology of having a new girl after every gig.

For his exhibition at Rib, Bar Amotz has created an immersive audiovisual experience with his performing and talking robotic sculptures and paintings. These works are operated by power-ful software written in collaboration with programmer Piers O’Hanlon and musician Peter Zwingli Hall (a.k.a. Dear Earth). Bar Amotz has been developing this software for several years, enabling him and others to program robots in various ways. The result is similar to user-orientated sound and video editing technology, allowing the artists to work in a very free-handed way without forcing the user into disciplines that are programming based. Through this technology, Bar Amotz’s objects are connected to the internet and can be controlled—or even hacked—by a network of users outside the physical space of their presentation and from anywhere in the world, situating the work within the realm of the ‘The Internet of Things’. From here, Bar Amotz’s work is a non-utilitarian take on this phenomenon of ‘The Internet of Things’, where emotion and inevitable physical and mental decomposition loom.

Guy Bar Amotz (1967) has lived and worked in London, UK since 1996. In 1997, he graduated from the Master of Fine Arts course at Goldsmith’s College, London. During 1998–9 he participated in the two-years residency programme at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Bar Amotz’s projects have been commissioned by art spaces, such as Tate Britain (London, UK), CCA (Geneva, CH), Project (Dublin, IE), Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam, NL), Gwangju Biennale (KR), the Biennale of Sydney 1998 (AU), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, UK), Fuori Uso (IT), Museum of Modern Art (Saitama, JP), Trade Apartment and the APT (London, UK), W139 (Amsterdam, NL), Fashion House W<’s Show Room (Antwerp, BE), and Transport for London’s Platform for Art (London, UK). Bar Amotz collaborates with London-based choreographer Jasmin Vardimon; including video, media and set design for Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company’s most successful projects: Lullaby, Park, Justitia, Yesterday, 7734 and Freedom. Bar Amotz is currently associate direc-tor and dramaturg for the Company. He has been profiled in books, publications, and magazines, such as FlashArt (IT) and Art Forum (US), Contemporary (UK), i-D (UK), TimeOut (London, UK). In 2004, Bar Amotz was selected by Art Forum as the Artist to Watch for the year ahead, and in 2010 he was honored with the Lottery Award for Excellency in Art, a prestigious prize for the arts. Guy Bar Amotz is represented by Petra Rinck Galerie in Düsseldorf.

*In collaboration with typographist Raanan Gabriel on the creation of Band’s T-shirts and show background videos

Guy Bar Amotz, Dickheads – In Control, 2018, exhibition view, Rib, Rotterdam

Guy Bar Amotz, Dickheads – In Control, 2018, exhibition view, Rib, Rotterdam

Guy Bar Amotz, Facebook. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Facebook. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Idiots. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Idiots. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Lego. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Lego. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, McDonalds. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, McDonalds. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Sexshop. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Sexshop. Talking painting. Oil Pastel on paper

Guy Bar Amotz, Detail. Talking painting

Guy Bar Amotz, Detail. Talking painting

Guy Bar Amotz, Excerpt from the storyboard, T-shirt for sale

Guy Bar Amotz, Excerpt from the storyboard, T-shirt for sale

Guy Bar Amotz, Excerpt from the storyboard, T-shirt for sale

Guy Bar Amotz, Excerpt from the storyboard, T-shirt for sale

Guy Bar Amotz, The Dickheads. Wearable masks

Guy Bar Amotz, The Dickheads. Wearable masks

Guy Bar Amotz, The Dickheads. Wearable masks

Guy Bar Amotz, The Dickheads. Wearable masks

Guy Bar Amotz, The Dickheads. Wearable masks

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