Chris Saunders copyright 2019
Roy Dead (Video, silent, 5mins,1995)

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Roy Dead presents a re-worked silent and host-less version of a live TV talk show where ‘everyday’ people play judges and jury in order to enact a spectacle of ‘open debate’.

Roy Dead uses footage from 90s TV talk shows such as ‘Kilroy’ who host and manage the flow of opinions shepherding the debate towards a depoliticised and atomized blandness. It is a live manufacturing of consent.

The ebb and flow of studio reactions are shaped into a moral studio breeze that blows across the audience. They are a silent majority where their cohesion and agency as a collective is nowhere to be found. The shifting movement of furtive looks and exchanges underlie the respectable amoral studio universe.