Richard Ducker

Richard Ducker Installation view 20_900h

Plan A
Text installation
Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road CB1 1PT
Mon-Sat 10:00-16:30

My practice involves bringing together a wide variety of processes: wall text, video, sound, sculpture, photography and painting, and juxtaposing these discrete elements to suggest narratives and explore multiple positions. As such, my work, at least in the form of exhibition display, is a form of curating as theatre. In this context, language is not to be trusted and is revealed to be disjunctive, atomized, both through its source material and its system of appropriation. The wall text is Dyslexic, alien, with malignant intent, stuck in the throat, up to no good. It is derrived from spliced extracts of the writings of cults, and ‘clippings’ from my own spam box and Facebook feed. Barely readable through lack of punctuation, it offers a glimpse into the overload of a repressed economy, the collapse of privacy, and its corollary, the conspiracy theory’s paranoiac escapism. Unspecified surveillance of the personal permeates.

These elastic narratives within the autobiographical, of adopted memories and constructed myths, are locked into a spectacle of theatrical interplay: a brackish movement of history as fiction, rendering the present unstable and imprecise. With recall and displacement having their effect, it is the sense of ‘wrong place, wrong time’ that prevails.