Ms&Mr: Videodromes For The AloneProjects
Cosmic Microwave Background 2019Out Of Print 1994 / 2017 - ongoingThrown By Ghost 1990 / 2017Jeté (Study) 1963 / 1965 / 2016Jeté 1963 / 1965 / 2014XEROX MISSIVE 1977 / 2011808.838 / grandfather paradox 1967-1977 / 2010Archibalds / Donahers 1992 / 2009
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XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011 is an encounter between the late science fiction author Philip K Dick and his living fifth ex-wife Tessa B. Dick. The work uses fragments of sound and footage appropriated from a speech Dick made in France, 1977 and a subsequent interview with Tessa in near her home in California.

On various occasions and most vividly while he and Tessa were associated, Dick claimed to have witnessed paranormal phenomena – moments when his life and the imaginary worlds of his novels coincided. XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011 is a series of multiple intersecting realities. Through the characters’ implausible and uncanny exchange, the artists collapse moments across time and space, framing the screen-world of the artwork as an abstracted reality that is pervaded by considerations of death, paranoia, longing and confusion.

Performed by:

Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982)

Tessa B. Dick (1954 - )


Work Details:
3-channel video installation: Archived video recordings (1977) transferred to HD video, original 3K video (2011), animation, sound, synced videos

4 min (loop)


Sound Mastering: Tim Bruniges

Project supported by:
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