The Give & Take – Tim Etchells’ Residency for Tate Exchange at Tate Modern

29 September 2016
Image from Tim Etchells performance 'Further Provocations' at Tate Exchange 2016

This week I’m in residence at Tate Modern, London, for the opening of Tate Exchange, located on Level 5 of the new building, Switch House. My programme consists of separate but overlapping events that run from Thursday 29 September until Sunday October 2nd.

Bunched under the name The Give & Take my residency explores the idea of exchange in different spheres of life, work and society; the complex processes by which we teach and learn from each other, the systems we are caught in that both frustrate and make possible our connection. The work itself is constructed as an exchange – a framework of events that’s built to encourage conversations, meetings, arguments, encounters between members of the public, artists and thinkers.

The work has four elements and starting at 12pm each day is a full menu of performances, talks and conversations.

The Give & Take Talks provide a key element of the residency. It’s a series of events in which a great list of speakers make presentations and dialogues each day, all focused on some approach to or experience of ‘exchange’. With talks about economic systems, intercultural exchange, exchange between humans and animals, exchange between family members, friendship, exchange with landscape and so , you can find the full schedule at the bottom of this post. The talks run in the Southwark Room on Level 5, Switch House, from 4pm to 8pm Friday and Saturday, and to 2-6pm Thursday and Sunday.

Three Tables is the second major element of my Tate Exchange project – a long interactive performance in which three performers (the amazing Debbie Pearson, Harun Morrison and Season Butler) exchange stories and have other interactions with the public on topics ranging from work and money, love, friendship and ephemeral things. This work runs every day in the main space on Level 5, Switch House, from 12 to 8pm Friday and Saturday, and to 6pm Thursday and Sunday.

Also present is Ten Purposes, a set of instructions distributed on cards for the public to pick up and activate in Tate, private and not-so-private performances which respond to the collection. Meanwhile the final element of my residency is Further Provocations, an ongoing performance manifested by Andrew Stevenson, in which a series of texts are endlessly painted, painted out and then repainted on the longest wall of the Level 5 gallery.

Do drop by in the next few days if you can. Take time to give and take and take and give and take in this great new initiative at Tate.

The Give & Take line-up

Thursday 29 September
14.00    Edna Weale, Retired conference interpreter and Jen Calleja, Literary translator
14.45    Laura Godfrey Isaacs, Artist and midwife and Anna Lyons, End of life doula
15.30    Kami Saedi, Retired psychiatrist and Matt Blacker, Mentoring Project manager, Hope for the Young
16.15    Sarah Sparkes, Artist and lecturer
17.00    Susan Steed, Co-founder, The Brixton Pound and Tom Hockenhull, Curator: Modern Money, The British Museum
17.45    End

Friday 30 September
16.00    Tim Etchells, Artist
16.45    Paolo Viscardi, Curator: Grant Museum of Zoology and Luke Harding, Herpetologist
17.30    Grace Gelder, Photographer and Aphra Lucesa Smith, Medical student
18.15    Diana Damian Martin, Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa, Department of Feminist Conversations
19.00    Oliver Lang, Mobile photographer and social media consultant
19.45    End

 Saturday 1 October
16.00    Reni Eddo-Lodge, Journalist and writer
16.45    Augusto Corrieri (aka Vincent Gambini), Performance artist and magician
17.30    Sanderson Jones, Co-founder, Sunday Assembly and Chloe Dyson, Co-director and Tom Mansfield, Co-founder, League of Pragmatic Optimists
18.15    Fiona Gabbert, Professor of Applied Psychology
19.00    Matt Locke, Founder, Storythings
19.45    End

Sunday 2 October
14.00    Pedro Machado, Co-artistic director, Candoco Dance Company and Performers (BSL interpreted)
14.45    Graeme Miller, Artist and theatre maker
15.30    David Easton, Investor in Africa and South Asia, CDC Group and Faiza Shaheen, Director, Class, Centre for Labour and Social Studies
16.15    Lara Pawson, Writer and author, Audrey Brown, Journalist and Vânia Gala, Choreographer and researcher
17.00    Sue Maclaine and Nadia Nadarajah, Theatre-makers and performers (BSL interpreted)
17.45    End

Works: Reflections on Failure – New York, September 16-November 12, 2016

4 September 2016

Tim’s accumulating installation work Red Sky at Night will be part of the group show ‘Works: Reflections on Failure’ at Radiator Arts in New York, from September 16-November 12, 2016.

Red Sky at Night will be alongside work from artists Daniel A. Bruce, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Ahmet Civelek, Jennifer Grimyser, Dana Stirling, Juliette Dumas, Shannon Finnegan, Kay Rosen, Christina Massey and George Spencer.

Uncertain Fragments (in conversation) – LADA Screens – 10 Oct 2016

27 August 2016
still from Uncertain Fragments - Hugo Glendinning & Tim Etchells - video essay, 2016


On Monday 10 October at the Live Art Development Agency in London, Tim and Hugo Glendinning will screen their video essay Uncertain Fragments, which reflects on the work and process of International Ibsen Award 2016 winners Forced Entertainment.

After the screening Tim and Hugo will be joined in a discussion with artists Karen Christopher and Hester Chillingworth, to discuss questions of documentation and ensemble practise, the impact and influence of the company, and other ideas raised in the video piece.

The screening event starts at 7pm and is free to attend.

NEON: The Charged Line. Grundy Gallery – 1 Sept 2016-7 Jan 2017.

11 August 2016

Tim’s neon Let’s Pretend (Large) will be part of the group show, NEON: The Charged Line, at the Grundy Gallery in Blackpool – alongside work from:
Fiona Banner, David Batchelor, Noel Clueit, Martin Creed, Shezad Dawood, Tracey Emin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Graham Fagen, Ron Haselden, Robert Irwin, Joseph Kosuth, Bertrand Lavier, François Morellet, Paulina Olowska, Joe Fletcher Orr, Eddie Peake, Mai-Thu Perret, Prem Sahib, Keith Sonnier, Evren Tekinoktay, and Gavin Turk.

The show runs 1 September 2016 – 7 January 2017.
The preview is 31 August, 5 – 7.30pm.

Video screening and The Quiet Volume – London, July 2016

19 July 2016
Katie Ewald in Tim Etchells' So Small, 2010.


Tim’s monologue-to-camera videos So Small, Erasure, Kent Beeson Is A Classic & Absolutely New Thing, as well as his video work Starfucker, will be screened at a.m. London on July 23rd 2016 at 4pm. More details at the link.

The next two weeks (19 to 30 July 2016) also give chance to see Tim’s 2010 interactive / autoteatro piece for two audience members at a time, created in collaboration with Ant Hampton. Titled The Quiet Volume, it is presented as part of the exhibition This is a Voice at The Wellcome Collection in London. More details and booking information at the Wellcome page about the project.


Until The End – New video with violinist Aisha Orazbayeva

11 June 2016

This new video from Etchells and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, improvised and recorded in one session, is now up on The Wire.

Following on from the artists’ collaborative project Seeping Through the video plays between loops and intercutting of nominally disconnected text fragments from Etchells, in dialogue with classically-trained Orazbayeva’s powerful, virtuoso and uniquely deconstructed approach to the violin.

Etchells and Orazbayeva also have 4 improvised tracks in the stream of this KIT Records session, recorded on 29 May for NTS Live in London.

PROCESS, PERFORMANCE, PRESENCE – Group Show at Kunstverein Braunschweig

8 June 2016
Photograph of Tim Etchells. Derby, 1965.

Tim’s work As Before – a collection of more than 70 photographs donated by contemporary artists, showing themselves as children – will be part of the group show PROCESS, PERFORMANCE, PRESENCE at Kunstverein Braunschweig.

Other artists in the show include: Awst & Walther, Sofia Duchovny, Hella Gerlach, Ben Greber, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Sadaharu Horio + KUKI, Vlatka Horvat, Schirin Kretschmann, Dafna Maimon, Eva Meyer-Keller, Peter Miller, Christian Philipp Müller, Jens Risch, Luca Trevisani, Brad Troemel.

The show runs 11 June – 21 August 2016.