Dead Heat

Project Overview

  1. Project Director: Dennis Del Favero
  2. 2006-2009
  3. Two Channel Video. 8 minutes. BW. Stereo.
  1. Part 1: 45 Minutes
  2. Part 2: Halflife

Dead Heat is based on the apparent suicide of David Kelly on the 17th July, 2003 and the subsequent Hutton Inquiry into his death. Kelly, one of the world’s pre-eminent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) scientists came to grief in his encounter with the UK’s Ministry of Defence when he publicly questioned the validity of the Government’s claim that Iraq could deploy WMD within 45 minutes. It reconstructs a phone conversation between Kelly and a journalist, days before his death, in the context of the Hutton Inquiry’s psychiatric report on Kelly.

45 Minutes video documentation; Halflife video documentation


  • ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, 2009
  • Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 2009
  • Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2009
  • Kunstraum Marion Scharman, Bonn, 2009
  • (45 Minutes) Art Amsterdam 2006, Amsterdam, 2006