Tim has new work in the show Subject:Fwd:Unknown at fffriedrich in Frankfurt, curated by the MA Curating Students at Städelschule. Tim’s section of the exhibition runs 16 November – 25 November 2018. More info about the show here.
Tim’s latest commission is a large-scale site-specific LED text sculpture, With/Against 2018 for Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, shown as part of the Great Exhibition of the North (22 June – 28 August 2018). It occupyes a prominent position besides Baltic and above South Shore Road. The work looks out across the River Tyne, and can be viewed from the Gateshead Quayside or from the neighbouring Newcastle waterfront, providing a point of connection between the two.
The exhibition will run from 22 June to 28 August 2018. More information here.
Tim’s work has been selected for Frieze Sculpture 2018 which runs in Regent’s Park, London for three months this summer. The exhibition features works by 25 contemporary and modern artists selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park).
Tim will show a new 3D piece, in powder coated stainless steel, titled Everything is Lost (2018). In place from 4 July to 7 October 2018, Frieze Sculpture is located in the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park. Entrance to Frieze Sculpture is free to the public.
The project Lân fan Taal (Republic of Languages) forms part of the Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018 and is the site for a major new commission, In So Many Words, by Tim Etchells which inaugurates the newly constructed OBE Pavillion in Leewarden .
For Lân fan Taal – an exploration and celebration of language diversity, Tim has created three connected works grouped under the collective title In So Many Words.
‘Hear/Höre/Hoor/Hear’ is an installation of 88 single neon words in Frisian, German, Dutch and English, where each word refers to different uses of human speech or sound, from ‘whisper’ and ‘sing’ to ‘confess’, ‘describe’, ‘translate’ and ‘question’. Alphabets, is a multi-layered sound installation on ten speakers that mixes approximately 50 languages, the composition built from recordings of speakers who each recite the alphabet, with examples of words that start with each letter. To Talk To You, meanwhile is a recording by Etchells himself, comprising improvised repetitions and variations the same sentence, addressed to the visitor in the form of a series of phone messages.
The installations In So Many Words will run from February to October 2018. More information here.
From 25 January till 3 March 2018 Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam will transform into the Kunsthalle for Music, a contemporary space for the live exhibition of musical works.
Kunsthalle for Music is the large-scale institutional project of Ari Benjamin Meyers investigating and researching what it means to create a new institution for music in an art context today.
The repertoire of the ensemble has a wide range of commissions and a set of existing works by various artists and composers including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jonathan Bepler, Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Wojtek Blecharz, Peter Fengler, Hassan Khan, Sora Kim, Yoko Ono and Tim Etchells, amongst others.
Tim’s work is a composition called ‘Of Sound Body’ from 2017.
25 January – 3 March 2018.
More information here.
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, CPKC (Emily Fahlén, Peter Spillmann, Marion von Osten), Tim Etchells, Glenn Ligon, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Catarina Simao, Ana Torfs, Ana Vaz, a.o.
Iris Dressler, Christine Peters
The exhibition Was sind die Wolken? (What Are the Clouds?) takes as its point of departure the Reformation Anniversary in order to reflect on freedom, emancipation, and imagination from the perspective of contemporary art. The exhibition’s main starting point is the short film Che cosa sono le nuvole? (What Are the Clouds?) from the year 1968, by the Italian film director, author, and journalist Pier Paolo Pasolini. This film revolves around a performance of Shakespeare’s Othello as a marionette theater—with the marionettes played by actors on strings. During the play, the marionettes question both their roles and their actions, with even the audience rebelling against the narrative. More info here.
Can You See What I Am Saying presents solos by artist Tim Etchells and magician Vincent Gambini. In his improvised performances, Etchells creates a dynamic and unstable landscape of spoken language in which meaning slips, stutters, disappears and transforms. Gambini meanwhile works with bewildering close-up magic to guide viewers through a subversive and comical philosophical investigation.
November 7, 7pm
To See or Not to be at Kunsthalle Mainz
Tim’s neon work Let’s Pretend (Large), alongside his prints City Changes, his series of drawings Ghosts and video work Erasure will feature in the exhibition To See or Not to be at Kunsthalle Mainz that runs from 1 September – 19 November 2017. The show brings together strategies for disappearance, dissolution and transformation. It first explores physical and mental disappearance, then goes on to consider our approach to these issues, a process that commences as soon as a particular form or material aide de memoire is no longer recognisable.
A Choreographed Exhibition at CA2M, Madrid
Tim will also be part of A Choreographed Exhibition curated by Mathieu Copeland at CA2M in Madrid from the 19 September -15 October 2017. Two instruction-based choreographic works for three performers by Tim will feature in this show.
Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb) at The Showroom, London
At the opening night of Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb) Tim will do an improvised performance Work Files (Showroom). Curated by the Croatian curatorial collective WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Romberg, and Emily Pethick at The Showroom, the show is a contextualisation and rethinking of the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection. Preview Tuesday 19 September 6.30 – 8.30pm 2017 and the exhibition runs until the 11 November.
RE RE RE at Chelsea College of Art Summer Show, London
Tim’s work Some Imperatives and Emergency Telephone will be shown as part of the MA Curating show at Chelsea College of Art entitled RE RE RE. Preview Friday 8 September 6-9pm and the exhibition will run until the 14 September 2017.
Emergency – Every Time A Ear di Soun
On Monday 26th June from 9am to 2am, Tim Etchells and collaborators Aisha Orazbayeva and Uriel Barthélémi stage a durational intervention at Savvy Contemporary in Berlin at part of documenta 14. Themed around emergency, the radio broadcast from the gallery comprises pre-recorded material and extended live improvisation using voice (Etchells), violin (Orazbayeva) and percussion (Barthélémi). Do drop by the gallery to see the performance live at the times indicated below or listen in online here.
Emergency is part of Every Time A Ear di Soun, a documenta 14 Radio Program in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk Kultur that explores sonority and auditory phenomena such as voice, sound, music, and speech as mediums for writing counterhegemonic histories. Every Time A Ear di Soun features numerous artists and projects and reflects on how the sonic impacts subjectivities and spaces, especially through the medium of radio. The radio program live streams on FM in Kassel, online from the documenta 14 website, and on shortwave around the world.
Based initially on a simple set of simple utterances around the thematic of emergency (in numerous inflections and contexts), Etchells approaches Emergency through techniques of looping/repeating, varying and shifting emphasis and inflection and crosscutting to fragment and explore the language, entering into dialogue with collaborators Orazbayeva and Barthélémi whose work departs from, supports and at times eradicates Etchells’ language. Emergency explores the space between semantic use of language and its more musical, textural, sonic properties and rests on a continuos process of shifting between registers – creating, disintegrating and re-inventing meaning.
9 – 9.30 live
11.30- 1.30 live
5.30 – 8 pre-recorded
8 – 12 live
12 – 2 pre- recorded
(times are approximate)
Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment. Exhibiting and presenting work in significant institutions all over the world, he is currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University. Etchells’ work has been shown recently at Tate Modern, Cubitt, Hayward Gallery and Bloomberg SPACE in London, at Turner Contemporary, The Grundy and Compton Verney in the UK, at Witte de With, Rotterdam, and MUHKA (Antwerp).
Aisha Orazbayeva is a Kazakh-born London-based violinist. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums on Nonclassical and PRAH recordings featuring her own compositions, and has performed internationally in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Recent releases include Bryn Harrison’s Receiving the Approaching Memorywith Mark Knoop on Another Timbre, vinyl EP Seeping Through with Tim Etchells on PRAH recordings and Scelsi’s Duo vinyl EP for violin and cello on SN variations. Aisha regularly performs with ensembles Plus-Minus and Apartment House. Aisha’s third solo album Telemann Fantasias played using contemporary/extended violin techniques was released in November 2016.
Uriel Barthélémi is a drummer, composer and electro-acoustic musician. He has collaborated in numerous areas of the performing arts since 2002: dance, marionettes, theatre, as well as the visual arts. Intimately combining drums and electronics, a flexible composing style and improvisation Barthélémi has had works commissioned by Césaré – CNCM, Sacem / CDMC, Al Mamal Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Foundation. He is also an associate composer of the Soundtrack Company and Puce Muse Studios. He collaborates and appears with artists such as Hélène Breschand, Tarek Atoui, Kazuyuki Kishino (KK NULL), Antoine Schmitt, Veronica Vallecillo, Taro Shinoda, Rigo23, Nikhil Chopra, amongst others.He has played and performed in music and performances festivals such as The Jerusalem show IV (2010), Performa (N.Y., 2011), Sharjah Art Biennial 11 & 12 (U.A.E., 2013 & 2015), festival Croisements (Beijing, 2014), Sommer akademie – Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern, Switzerland, 2015), March meeting (Sharjah, 2012 & 2016), Serendipity arts festival (India, 2016), Fiac (Paris 2016).
Translation of Michael Stoibers text in Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, March 15, 2017.
Walking and Thinking
Empty is more: The British multi-talent Tim Etchells is exhibiting at Kunstverein Braunschweig
By Michael Stoeber
There has never been so much emptiness with such a simultaneous abundance of thoughts at Kunstverein Braunschweig. It’s due to the British multi-talent Tim Etchells. The artist, born in 1962, has made a name as playwright, performer, writer, and stage director. He especially became famous for founding and leading the performance group Forced Entertainment, which enriches the contemporary theater for more than 30 years with smart plays, brave improvisations, and touching slapsticks. In the past, they were part of the Theaterformen-Festivals in Braunschweig and Hanover for several times.
Etchells appearance is magnificent. He transforms the 15 exhibition rooms of the Villa Salve Hospes in a brilliant manner into a resonance chamber of his improved and spoken audio play. When visitors enter the first room, they become surrounded by the allover distributed, strictly and anthropomorphically acting black loudspeakers with the artist’s voice persuading: “Go with your head”–Do what your mind is telling you. Tim Etchells repeats the order several times, whereby he changes its rhythmic and pronunciation. In an almost musically manner it recharges over and over again with a new feeling and meaning.
An adjacent loudspeaker acts out the exact opposite command “Go with your heart”–Follow your heart. These contradictory, acoustically layered imperatives form a conflict, a drama of values. It affects the visitor’s head, where it will be rethought. They evoke that Etchells’ performance will not remain with him, but rather it becomes the matter of its listener in an Aristotelian meaning. Alike the theatrical praxis of Forced Entertainment, it activates the audience similarly intelligent and irresistible. Speaking in Braunschweig means fulfilling actions with words in the sense of the speech act theory.
The artist’s opening performance emphasized that as well. Walking up and down like those Greek philosophers, who thought while walking, he finds his improvised sentences. First at a measured step, then in a faster and more ecstatic running. As if he wants to demonstrate how strong moving and thinking, epiphany and action is related to each other. “Moving words”–words moving: Etchells’ first sentence showcases his art strategy and reveals in a second interpretation, how much words are able to move us. He names other paces, which focus on the entirety of our existence; including: “It’s touch and go” or “Dance”.
For the aphorisms of his audio play, the artist used English phrases, which work metaphorically with the body. We become linguistically fragmented, and the trick consists of still finding unity. Nothing else means the paradox title “Together Apart”. A linguistic link of “Pull yourself together” and Tim Etchells’ invention “Tear yourself apart”. There is hope in the contradictory alliance. Not only for the fate of individuals, but also maybe for that of whole societies.