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A routine sequence of external actions.

Tatham, Joanne; O'Sullivan, Tom


Joanne Tatham

Tom O'Sullivan


A Routine Sequence Of External Actions was commissioned for the exhibition 'Scotland and Venice: Selective Memory' at the 51st Venice Biennale, 9 June - 6 November 2005. The occasion of the Venice Biennale provided a salient context within which to consider how the discursive spaces that surround contemporary art objects and images are used to construct meanings. A routine sequence of external actions consisted of a number of pictorial and sculptural motifs presented across two sites - the Scotland and Venice exhibition space and a public park adjacent to the Biennale Giardini. The two sites were united by the repetition of a stick man motif that was presented as a large outdoor sculpture and a small bronze. Further motifs were repeated within the exhibition space, creating the appearance of a code or system for unravelling the works meaning. At the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art a new commission reconfigured the Venice motifs as a further demonstration of this staged language.


TATHAM, J. and O'SULLIVAN, T. 2005. A routine sequence of external actions. [Sculptures].

Physical Artefact Type Artefact
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2008
Keywords Installation art; Conceptual art; Contemporary art
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