2 January 2011

months ago. you are sitting in the lobby of a hotel somewhere (not England), waiting for taxi… as unseen, to your left, a pair of receptionists make early morning wake-up calls – one after another, after another after another. The calls coming out of phase with each other "Good morning. This is your wake-up call.. it’s 7am..", "Good morning. This is your wake-up call.. it’s 7am, this is your wake-up call….", "Good morning. it’s 7am.." And as you sit there you imagine all those sleepy hands reaching for phones, all those interrupted dreams, all those narratives (lives) starting over again after the interregnum of the night.


afternoon of new years eve. city centre. light fading but not yet gone from the sky. a man and a woman in a blurred dance, she pulling cans of special brew from a polythene bag, opening them and pouring the contents out into the gutter, the guy staring at her in resigned show, at a metre’s slow motion distance staggering slightly and watching his lifeblood glug out there into a set of mingling pools on the cracked paving. no one pays much attention.


Some nice material about Anna Chapman and her appearance on a Russian chat show, Let Them Speak, here .

On being asked if she would die for her country, she gives this very natural and easy going answer: "The incorruptibility of a person is one of the most important qualities. The only thing more important than patriotism is to be humane. Love of the motherland is vital to be a happy person."

Also an appearance by Chapman’s grandma, narrating how, as a child, Chapman had a favourite book called, The Tale of the Military Secret. "We used to play out the roles… I  would tie Anya up and say, ‘Tell me the secret!’ But she would always reply, ‘No!’ very severely. And I would shoot her."

New project. As if I didn’t have enough to do I launched a new web-project which will be updated daily with new entries through the whole of 2011. Scurrilous and often abusive or obscene Vacuum Days is a rolling version of the booklets of imaginary events I’ve produced from time to time for specific contexts in the last couple of years.


9 November 2010

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A couple of the more interesting blog/online reviews of The Thrill of it All which I made with Forced Entertainment: Carousel of Fantasies and Art Review. Also an extended web-radio/audio archive interview about the project here.

Above you see more images of the accumulating Red Sky at Night piece from my show in Bremen which closes on 21 November. I’m in Bremen next Friday 19th November at 7pm for a video screening and discussion.

Also coming soon: the Beunos Aires version of Ciudades Paralelas which features the project The Quiet Volume (auto teatro for two people in a library) which I made in collaboration with Ant Hampton. More info on The Quiet Volume at Ant Hampton’s website. Documentation here of the Berlin Ciudades Paralelas. Also here.


October Salon: Belgrade Coming Soon

2 October 2010

October 8th – November 21st

The Night Pleases Us…

Former Military Academy – Resavska 40b, Belgrade

Curators: Johan Pousette and Celia Prado (Sweden)

Open every day 12.00 – 20.00; Fri 12.00 – 22.00; Mon closed

Friday, 8th October
19:00 – Official opening of 51st October Salon
Former Military Academy – Resavska 40b, Belgrade

Artists: Ana Adamović, Maja Bajević, Rosa Barba, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, Jonas Dahlberg, Dušica Dražić, Tim Etchells, Amar Kawvar, William Kentridge, Eva Koch, Erik Krikortz, David Maljković, Aernout Mik, Steve McQueen, Zoran Naskovski, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Carl Micael von Hausswolff and Thomas Nordanstand

Current Events

23 September 2010

A selection of the Empty Stages photographs I've been doing with Hugo Glendinning since 2003 are part of a group show during the spectacular Printemps de Septembre— à Toulouse. You can find the Empty Stages at Musée les Abattoirs, 76, allée, Charles-de-Fitte, 31300 Toulouse. 24 September – 17 October 2010. Opening times Monday to Friday, from 12 noon to 7 pm – Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. Nocturnes: Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 October, to 12.30 am.

In the same show my solo sound work Brief Reminder plays with the form and expectations of the kind of PA system announcements often heard in public spaces. I'm also a small part of very nice mini-exhibition of instructions-related artworks, curated by Charles Aubin and titled Walk Like An Egyptian.

Here’s more information about all of these, plus the many diverse aspects of Printemps de Septembre— à Toulouse.


Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat


Over the Table

22.09.2010 – 26.09.2010

Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya. Aichi Triennale.

Over the Table is a 5-day long collaborative project by Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat. Following their previous collaborations – the hour-long improvised videos Insults & Praises (2003) and Threats & Promises (2008), as well as the 5-week long 'faxing performance' To Bring Down a House (2006/2008) – Over the Table is conceived as a continuous process of call and response between the two artists. Conducted in a gallery space which they occupy together for the duration of the piece, Over the Table takes the form of a series of playful and competitive exchanges which unfold within a set of pre-arranged performative frames. Visitors may arrive, depart, and return at any point during gallery opening hours and will always encounter the artists engaged in one or another of their collaborative activities and tasks. The space of the gallery itself will change from day to day, as evidence of the artists' diverse activities gradually fills the space, accumulating alongside whatever is currently happening.

More information on Aichi Triennale.


My solo show Fog Game, at Künstlerhaus Bremen continues until 21 November, City Changes is part of LONELY AT THE TOP: Modern Dialect at M HKA (Antwerp) until 14 November, my Drama Queens collaboration with Elmgreen and Dragset is at LOOK – Container Cinema – 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út until 26 September. The Quiet Volume my 'autoteatro for two people in a library' collaboration with Ant Hampton is part of Ciudades Paralelas, festival of portable theatre curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias at HAU, Berlin until tomorrow.


Drama Queens Budapest

17 September 2010
Drama Queens Budapest Invite

Drama Queens – a play by ELMGREEN & DRAGSET, text by Tim ETCHELLS ///// LOOK – Container Cinema – 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 1 ///// from 18 to 26 September 2010, open from 12 to 8pm /////

Drama Queens is the filmed version of  Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s performance with text by me – a play without actors that was first shown at Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007. Seven 20th Century superstar sculptures find themselves trapped on a theatre stage and out of their usual context. How do they interact with this new environment and with each other? The drama unfolds through a series of clashes and crossovers between the various >isms< and aesthetics which these sculptures represent.

Container Cinema is a newsstand temporarily transformed into a 6-person film theatre located on the corner of Andrássy and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út. Screenings start every hour.

Entry free.