The golden shot (revisited)


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The Golden Shot was a game show in British television in the 1960- and 70’s. The idea with the show was that the audience called the show to play a game and gave instructions to a camera man how to aim his camera to different targets. On the camera there was a cross bow attached.

Artist - Simon Poulter
Director - Anya Lewin

The British artist Simon Poulter refers to the game for his piece The Golden Shot (Revisited) but updates it for the Internet age. Via your computer you control a paintball gun and shoot at targets marked “Iraq”, “UK”, “Iran”, “Usa” and “North Korea”. By facilitating a conversation between online and gallery viewers he adds a layer of discussion about contemporary global conflicts and offers a critique of the effects of distance between the decision makers and the consequences of their agressive actions.

Essay about The Golden Shot (Revisited).
"The fact that from a distance, a subject with a hidden identity is controlling a weapon aimed at a target representing a specific country just for the pleasure of playing the game and winning (a symbolic, electronically transferred award), shifts the focus to the ethical role of the player through his forced appropriation of the position of a political enemy." Text by Ana-Marija Koljanin.

Simon Poulter's The Golden Shot (Revisited) site with updates.

The director of the film, Anya Lewin, Has exhibited work in Beijing, Cuba, Siberia, Belfast, Ekaterinburg, New York, San Francisco and London. And is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Fine Art at the University of Plymouth.