Donald Rodney: autoicon is a dynamic internet work and CD-ROM that simulates both the physical presence and elements of the creative personality of the artist Donald Rodney who died from sickle-cell anaemia. The project builds on Donald Rodney’s artistic practice in his later years, when he increasingly began to delegate key roles in the organisation and production of his artwork. Making reference to this working process, AUTOICON is developed by a close group of friends and artists (his partner Diane Symons, Eddie Chambers, Richard Hylton, Virginia Nimarkoh, and Keith Piper) (ironically described as ‘Donald Rodney plc’ who have acted as an advisory and editorial board in the artist’s absence, and who specified the rules by which the ‘automated’ aspects of the project operate.
Project developed by Mike Phillips and Geoff Cox, with Adrian Ward and Donald Rodney plc. Donald Rodney: autoicon was published with inIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts) was supported by the Arts Council of England (New Media fund), London, and was shown as part of Race and Digital Space, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, USA (04/2001), Art In Motion II, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA, USA (02/2001).