Australian Video Art Archive

Sue Dodd



Pop has always been a place of truth. Either the brilliance and glamour of pop are the lie that tells the truth, or the realism and simplicity of pop are the more perfidious lie that may express harder truths.
- DEIDRICH, Deiderichen, Sexbeat. Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1985.

The world is a big candy store for her, the world is a big candy store for her, the world is a big candy store for her...
- Gossip Pop: Is Paris Addicted to Love?, 2004.

Gossip Pop is an ongoing art project that melds gossip with pop music via live performance and video. The term also functions as a bland, generic label or pseudo-brand for Dodd’s pseudo band. The D-I-Y, tongue-in-cheek nature of Gossip Pop deftly exposes the narrative constructs and disturbing ideologies lurking beneath the spectacle and melodrama of tabloid celebrity cults and reality TV.

Dodd uses the medium of pop music/video to create works that resonate like the bedroom posturing of an emotionally dysfunctional, media-saturated teenage fan, or the shonky image on a pirated DVD that could never quite pass as the real thing. The deadpan vocal delivery, robotic movements and simple manufactured beats (generated by GameBoy and palm pilot) underscore the poignancy and emptiness of our cultures addiction to superficial entertainment, constant novelty and instant gratification.