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The strange world of Roderick Wood

02 Jun-24 Jul 2010

Artists Damian and Delaine Le Bas


Education Space, 2 June – 24 July 2010
Thursday 12-9pm, Friday & Saturday 12-6pm

“Don’t trust your ego”, you will read this on a post-it note in the front of Rod’s car, his mobile office a small plastic container with post-it notes, estimates and a toothbrush with toothpaste placed on the back seat.

This film and documentation by Damian and Delaine Le Bas consists of a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary and other documentation mapping the physical and mental journeys in the life of Rod, a builder and project manager from Worthing who travels at least 100 miles every day in his car covering Sussex, Surrey and London. His day starts at 5am and revolves around the house of his mother Veronica who has lived in the same house for 48 years which is on a local council estate. She moved to Worthing from Austria after the 2nd World War and has lived there ever since.

Rod has another life outside that of the builder/project manager as he often appears in TV shows and was part of the scandal involving Carol Caplin who was Cherie Blaire’s style guru. He has a very unique way of seeing the world and this is often at odds with the world that he works within – the extraordinary within the ordinary.

As Rod would say “I am ready” are you?

The film has been commissioned as an artists’ response to the ‘Whose Map is it?’ exhibition and is screened in the Education Space.

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