Eric Dickson (1975 Los Angeles; lives and works in New York and Washington) My artistic practice explores the frontier between storytelling and installation art, embracing literary, technical, and site-specific challenges: broadcasting fragmentary tales of an epic desert journey from antique wardrobes dispersed around square miles of a real desert, retelling the history of US foreign policy through an audio installation triggered by an array of motion detectors, developing a unique soundscape blending first-person narrations of dreams with scripted dreams constructed from recycled parts. My installations often involve interactive components, and transform visitors’ perceptions of space around them: galleries, open deserts, desolate streets along a derelict canal. Originally trained as a theoretical physicist, I have been a professor of politics at New York University since 2003, with secondary affiliations in NYU's social psychology and experimental economics groups. I have also taught political theater at NYU. My work as an academic engages fundamental questions about political society and institutions from both strategic and psychological perspectives: why are some authorities seen as legitimate, while others are not? and why do citizens believe the things that they believe about the (political) world around them?
Eric's ArtPrize Entries
These are Eric's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Eric's Past Work
These are images of past work that Eric has done.