Douglas Gordon

Psycho Hitchhiker

About this artwork

This black and white photograph documents Douglas Gordon as a hitchhiker holding a sign addressed to oncoming drivers, but instead of a destination Gordon has written the word ‘Psycho’. Gordon elicits fear into the imagination of onlookers via this simple act of public performance art, in an era where the travelling loner is seen as threatening rather than vulnerable. This photograph was taken the same year that Gordon made his now iconic film work ’24 Hour Psycho’, in which he slowed down the famous Hitchcock film from 1960 to last 24 hours - this film would later lead to his Turner Prize nomination and award in 1996.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Psycho Hitchhiker
  • date created:
    1993
  • materials:
    Black and white photograph (10 examples)
  • measurements:
    46.00 x 59.50 cm (framed: 45.80 x 60.00 x 1.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Long loan in 2004
  • accession number:
    GML 1086
  • gallery:
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Douglas Gordon

Douglas Gordon

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