Dominic Redfern

Electro / 2003 / 2' 39"

West Space Inc.
Melbourne, Australia



In a suburban kitchen, in the small hours of the morning, a man encounters a shimmering 'double' of himself as he wanders from bedroom to bathroom. The man overcomes his initial fear and tries to communicate before attempting unification with his doppelganger, triggering the entire encounter to loop back on itself, trapping the characters in a perpetual 2:00 AM of fear and transcendence.

Over the last few years I have been experimenting with the elasticity of screen and story space. This has been achieved via the employment of a variety of self-reflexive and auto-narrative devices within the form, material and installation of my video work. 'Electro' extends these ideas by employing cinematic devices and the sci-fi notion of the 'double', calling up such references as DePalma's 'Body Double', Cronenberg's 'Dead Ringers', and Carpenter's 'Starman'.

'Electro' was created for the 'Parallel' exchange exhibition involving young Australian and Korean artists that took place in Melbourne and Seoul during 2003.


Dominic Redfern

Dominic Redfern is a video artist working across installation, single-channel and performance modes of practice. Over the last few years he has been primarily working with his own image in a series of fractured narrative projects. This year, whilst continuing to exhibit locally and interstate, Dominic's work has been shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sparwasser HQ in Berlin, and as part of the All Seasons Festival in Bangkok. In addition he has travelled to Seoul to take part in 'Parallel', an exchange project involving young Korean and Australian artists, and will spend November '03 to February '04 as an artist in residence at the 18th Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. Dominic is on the committee of the West Space Artist-run Organization and the Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces studio sub-committee. As well as his art practice and community service, Dominic lectures in video art for the Media Arts department at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Curriculum Vitae - Dominic Redfern
4/389-409 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057, Australia. ph. 03 93874768

Dominic Redfern has been employed as lecturer in Sound, Video and Installation at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology for the past 7 years. His work involves the teaching and supervision of undergraduate, honours and Masters students. In addition to his art practice and teaching work Dominic has been a committee member at West Space Artist-Run organization since 2000.

Prizes and Awards
Los Angeles Studio Residency - Visual Arts & Crafts Board, Australia Council for the Arts, 2003
Arts Victoria Arts & Professional Development Funding Recipient 2002
Australian Post-Graduate Award 1998
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Post Graduate Tutorship 1997
Yanco Art Prize Best Black and White Work 1997
Yanco Art Prize Best in Show 1997

1997 - 1998 Master of Arts - Media Arts
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1994 - 1996 Bachelor of Arts - Media Arts
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1989 - 1991 Bachelor of Arts - Television Production
Charles Sturt University

Solo & Collaborative Exhibitions
Dominic Redfern @ Clubs Clubs Project Inc., 2003
Portal Penthouse & Pavement 2002
I need to have an idea. West Space, 2002
Hey! Linden Gallery, 2002
Dice Man West Space Gallery, 2000
Being There 200 Gertrude St, 2000
Feedback T.C.B, 2000
Box West Space, 1999
Pretending is not Faking Fat52, 1999
Grid Myers Windows, Melbourne International Festival, 1998
Glitch La Trobe Street Gallery, 1998
Fence Wagga Wagga Municipal Gallery, 1997
Composition Tivoli Gallery, 1997

Group Shows
Just Another Sexy Show! 18th Street Art Centre, Los Angeles, 2003
Old Habits Die Hard Sparwasser HQ Berlin, 2003
Kunstnernes Hus, Olso, Norway, 2004
Norwich Gallery, Great Britain, 2004
OUTAKEOUT Kings Artist Run Space, 2003
West Space goes Downtown Downtown Art Space, 2003
Drama is Conflict Linden Gallery, 2003
Parallel - Korean Exchange Exhibition West Space (Australian Component)
+ Han Jeon Gallery, Seoul (Korean Component), 2003
All Seasons Fest All Seasons Place, Bangkok, Thailand, 2002
Frank Red Gallery, 2002
Gloss 3 CCP sponsored CDROM for a Japanese/Australian project
exhibited at Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia
min (co-ordinating artist) WestSpace, 2001
VidiSonic @ltTV, 1999
Seppelt Contemporary Art Awards Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999
(Commissioned Collaborator)
Arts-Edge Touring Exhibition of Interactive Art
- Regional Western Australia, 1999
Future Perfect RMIT Project Space, 1998
Game Theory (Experimenta) Span Gallery, 1998
Campus Art Prize George Paton Gallery, 1997
re: play First Floor, 1996
Shamocracy Lyal Burton Gallery, 1996

Phantom Image II e2 e4, 2003
Phantom Image e2 e4, 2002
The Brink Trades Hall, 2002
Sitting WestSpace, 2001
Storey Storey Hall, Immersion II, 2001

Phantom Image (Visual Co-ordinator) e2 e4, 2002
Wet & Dry - Treasury Theatre, 2001
Video Festival (curator)
min (co-ordinating artist) WestSpace, 2001
Vids in Space (curator) gallery 9, 1998

Another Planet Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute of Chicago, 2003
WROCLAW Video Festival Warsaw, Poland, 2001
Blink - Screening and Video Lounge Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
& Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, 2000
Asia-Pacific Triennial Screening Program Brisbane, 1999
D.Art Sydney Film Festival, 1998

Glitch Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Works Reviewed
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art online Magazine, Issue 3, Daniel Palmer review of 'Drama is Conflict'.
The Age, 21 May 2003 Robert Nelson review of 'Drama is Conflict'
Channel 31, Public Hangings Interviewed by Andrew MacKenzie regarding 'Drama is Conflict' May 2003
Channel 31, Public Hangings Artist profile by Andrew MacKenzie April 2002
Channel 31, Public Hangings, screening of "non/un" July 2002
Real Time OCT-NOV 2001 - Review of "Wet & Dry"
LIKE Art magazine Winter 2000 Review of Blink 'Video: Focussing Where?' by Michael Graeve
The Herald Sun, Saturday 13 May 2000 - Review of Blink 'Flickering New Work' by Alison Haley
The Age, 20 April 2000 - Review of Blink 'Dare to flounder, to prattle' by Susanne Brown MAY 2000 Feature on Blink 'Fest on the net'
The Age, 17 MAY 2000 Feature on Blink 'Ride the Wave' by Louise Bellamy
Channel 31 Monday 10 July. 2000 Feature on Blink 'Twenty-Five Frames' by Travis de Jonk
The Age 11 MAY 2000 - Feature on Blink 'Wake up look out dream on' by Andrew Masterson
Inpress Magazine 10 MAY 2000 Feature on Blink by Campion Descent
LIKE - Art magazine winter 2000 - Review of "Being There" by Michael Graeve
Real Time OCT-NOV 1999 - Review of "Anemone" by Grisha Dolgolpolov
Real Time DEC-JAN 99-00 - Review of "Anemone" by Julainne Sumich
LIKE - Art magazine Spring1998 - Review of "Glitch" by Ian Haig
Sun Herald 11/7/98 - Review of "Game Theory" by Anita Bragg

Articles Published
Catalogue notes for Parallel at Han Jeon Gallery Seoul
Catalogue Essay for Anna Finlayson solo show at Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Catalogue Essay for "open" group show
Catalogue Essay for "min." group show
Review of Henry Rollins LIKE Art Magazine Winter 2001
Catalogue Essay for "the hard of hearing" by Nat Bates
Review of "dial HISTORY" - LIKE Art Magazine Winter 1999
Catalogue Essay for "Raw Material" - Philip Samartzis & Beatrice 2Fays
Review of "Trick or Treat" - MESH, 1997



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