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36. Sean Dack

Futuresongs: 1993-2000

Eight chromogenic prints
Each work: 61 x 47.5 cm.
Created in 2006. 
This work is number five from the edition of five. 
Please note, there are eight prints in this auction lot.  


£2,000 - 3,000
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Sean Dack is a multidisciplinary artist living in New York City. Working in a number of creative realms including photography, sound, sculpture, installation, video, sound design and digital media, his work explores society's relationship to technology and the rapidly increasing speed of contemporary life in the early 21st Century.

The 'Futuresongs' are an amalgamation of sheet music from Billboard No.1 Hit Songs (the USA music industry record chart) and bleak predictions of the future written in 1981 by Philip K. Dick the philosopher and science fiction writer who died in 1982. Dack takes the score for each hit song, in this case hist from 1993-2000, and replaces the lyrics with Dick's prophesies. 

The opening lines of Nickelback's Breathe: 

"Two men, They started walking, Started talking 'bout better days,says to the other
We do it all again, Seems I knew I would, And now I found it" 

Are replaced with Philip Dick's forecast for the future:

"An alien virus brought back by another planetary ship will decimate the population of earth but leave the colonies on Luna and Mars intact."

This set of Futuresongs includes songs by Coolio, No Doubt, Savage Garden, Nickelback: Gangsta's Paradise, Don't Speak, Truly Madly Deeply, Breathe. 

This set was exhibited at Future Songs by Daniel Reich Gallery in New York in 2007 and in Paper by the Saatchi Gallery in 2013.

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