Some Imperatives

Performative Installation

Images: © Tim Etchells

Some Imperatives is a durational performance, comprising a sequence of short texts painted by a lone performer on a particular wall or walls.

The work has been presented both in gallery spaces, and in outdoor locations in urban spaces. The text of the piece comprises a set of different poetic slogans, demands for change, absurd action or protest, philosophical reflection and political re-thinking. The cyclical process of the performance – painting text, erasing and then repainting repeatedly in the same location over a period of time – foregrounds the writing itself as a process of erratic argument and contradiction. As the walls used to paint the work on are repeatedly marked by the piece versions of the text build up, partially showing through layers of paint to create a disordered residue of the ongoing action.

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