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Rudiments

Rudiments is a film made by Broomberg & Chanarin in collaboration with a group of young army cadets at a military camp on the outskirts of Liverpool, United Kingdom that explores the formative moments of childhood. 

The usually uniform and unthinking obedience of the soldiers-in-training is interrupted by the performance of a clown, radically challenging their military codes and carefully choreographed routines. Displayed as part of a set of photographic and performative works that collectively explore tensions between discipline and change, precision and chaos, empathy and schadenfreude (pleasure derived from another person's misfortune).


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Rudiments

Broomberg & Chanarin
2015

Rudiments is a film made by Broomberg & Chanarin in collaboration with a group of young army cadets at a military camp on the outskirts of Liverpool, United Kingdom that explores the formative moments of childhood. 

The usually uniform and unthinking obedience of the soldiers-in-training is interrupted by the performance of a clown, radically challenging their military codes and carefully choreographed routines. Displayed as part of a set of photographic and performative works that collectively explore tensions between discipline and change, precision and chaos, empathy and schadenfreude (pleasure derived from another person's misfortune).

  • Premiered

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK
    Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

  • Credits

    Rudiments was created by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin in 2015, score by Kid Millions. Commissioned by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle and Forma. Supported by Arts Council England.

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Broomberg & Chanarin, Rudiments 2015 (still)

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Installation view, Broomberg & Chanarin, Rudiments, Lisson Gallery, London, 2015

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Installation view, Broomberg & Chanarin, Rudiments, Lisson Gallery, London, 2015

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Installation view, Broomberg & Chanarin, Rudiments, Lisson Gallery, London, 2015

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Installation view, Broomberg & Chanarin, Rudiments, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, 2015

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Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in between London and Berlin. They are fascinated by power, its tools and mechanisms and their artistic practice frequently leads them to directly engage with existing power relations within the production and use of images. They are professors of photography at the Hoschule für bildende Künste (HFBK), Hamburg, Germany and recent exhibitions include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2018); Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden (2017); C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2016); the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA (2016); and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; The Freud Museum, London, UK; ICA Studio, London, UK (all 2015). Broomberg & Chanarin are represented by Lisson Gallery, London, UK and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Background image: Broomberg & Chanarin, Rudiments 2015 (still)