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Greenwich Degree Zero

Tom McCarthy, the recipient of the 3:AM Book of the Year award, is interviewed by our friend Lee Rourke in the latest issue of Dazed & Confused: Metronome has a belief in literature that is long overdue — the conglomerates, by comparison, seem to be replacing literature with lifestyle fiction”.

The preview of Tom McCarthy and Rod Dickinson‘s Greenwich Degree Zero project took place last night at Beaconsfield (22 Newport Street, Vauxhall, London SE11 6AY) and runs until 30 April (Wednesday – Sunday 12-6pm).

“The artists’ starting point is a strange late nineteenth-century event: on the afternoon of February 15th, 1894, a French anarchist named Martial Bourdin was killed when the bomb he was carrying detonated. The explosion took place on the slope beneath the Royal Observatory in London’s Greenwich Park, and it was generally assumed that his intention had been to blow up this building — the place from which all time throughout the British Empire and the world was measured and regulated. In Greenwich Degree Zero, Rod Dickinson and Tom McCarthy re-imagine Bourdin’s act as a successful attack on the Observatory. The resulting installation reports an event that did not quite happen, blurring the distinction between fact and fiction and relocating the genuine public outrage and hysteria about the threat of anarchist terror that prevailed in the 1890s in this ambiguous space of non-event”.

(Pic: Tom McCarthy reading at this year’s 3:AM Xmas bash.)

First posted: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006.

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