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71. Sean Dack

Futuresongs: 1980s

Estimate: £2,000-3000

Abstract: Reality - Lot 71, Sean Dack, Futuresongs: 1980s

Eight chromogenic prints
Each: 47.5 x 61 cm
Created in 2006

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 the 1980s, and replaces the lyrics with Dick's prophesies. 

The opening lines of The Police's Every breath you take

"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:

"The Soviet Union will develop an operational particle beam accelerator making missile atttack against that country impossible" 

This set of Futuresongs includes songs by The Police (Every breath you take), George Micheal (Careless Whisper), Dionne Warwick (That's what friends are for) and Bobby Brown (My Prerogative). 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.

Sean Dack has taken part in numerous exhibitions in the contemporary art world as well as work for high end luxury brands including Dior Homme, Sephora and Prada, promotional photography, music videos and live tour visuals, as well as freelance work and features in media outlets such as: Vice Media, Dazed and Confused, Nowness, XLR8R, Thump, ArtNews, Resident Advisor, Ran$om Note, Spin, Tsugi Magazine and more.

Abstract: Reality - Lot 71, Sean Dack, Futuresongs: 1980s

13 Dec Dec 13

Saatchi Gallery, London, SW3 4RY