Endland Words & Music

26 September 2020

Following the Endland publication by And Other Stories last year I’m happy to make these spoken word plus music versions of a few of the stories available for free. They were produced in collaboration with a group of amazing musicians who’ve created soundscape musical material to accompany the readings.

The complete Endland is also available as an audiobook via Audible here. The +soundtrack audio versions shared here form part of the audiobook – while the rest of the stories get a more straightforward treatment. Do check it out. And enjoy the pieces here…. been slow off the mark sharing them what with one thing and another…

The Endland book places material from my now out-of-print, 1999 publication Endland Stories alongside more than 20 new stories, many of them previously unpublished. The new collection, a definitive Endland, with a special introduction by Jarvis Cocker, was released by And Other Stories in November 2019. Reviews have been pretty wild – Washington Post was the most recent one to cross my radar and had so many good quotes I’m reluctant to even start.

Here are the tracks:

About Lisa, with music by Bel Helicopter/Connor Kelly. Connor’s an old friend and in fact both the voice and the music for this one were done back in the early 90’s though effectively unreleased until now. I seem to remember we once did a live reading/performance of this material – possibly at The Spitz on Commercial Street, before the complete Covent Gardenifaction of Spitalfields – but not totally sure.

Shame of Shane with music by Graeme Miller. Graeme’s another old friend, a member of the long-gone Impact Theatre which was a huge influence and guiding light for Forced Entertainment back in the 80s. Graeme’s an incredible artist – his audio walk Linked for the site of the M11 Link Road is still running and is well well worth taking up if it’s available these days. He’s also got some unexpected strings to his bow – who knew that the Moomin’s movie soundtrack from 1985 was by him and collaborator Steve Shill – it’s released on the Finders Keepers label. Graeme has a new a video work with binaural sound called Wild Track circulating at present. Really worth a look if you get the chance.

Last of the First 11 with music by Kaffe Matthews. Kaffe was developing her electronics and other sound approaches back in the 90’s and collaborated with Forced Entertainment felllow-travellers Desperate Optimists (Joe and Christine Lawlor) who are now busy making films. Kaffe’s gone on to all kinds of electronic and generative music projects and our paths have crossed a few times in London – she and I did separate collaborations with choreographer Meg Stuart at Siobhan Davies studio some years back. Kaffe’s Bandcamp is here.

now not moving, with music by John Avery. Folks following Forced Entertainment’s work will know John’s music – the electronics in Real Magic were a collaboration between the two of us, and independently (without interference from me!) John created soundtracks for almost all of the Forced Entertainment performances from the early 80s to the mid 90s. You can find a lot of that work from John and other of his soundtrack pieces over at his Bandcamp here.

The Children of the Rich, with music by Aisha Orazbayeva. You may know Aisha’s violin recordings used in Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic and in the group’s recent online lockdown venture End Meeting For All – Aisha’s music is featured in episodes two and three. People may also have seen me and Aisha perform together here and there – we’ve been collaborating on improvised violin and text performances for a good few years now including gigs at LCMF and CPT in London, nyMusikk Festival (Oslo) and Bach to the Future (Antwerp). We also have an EP of our work together titled Seeping Through – you can find it here, whilst Aisha’s own solo work is here at Bandcamp.


Seen from Here, Writing in the Lockdown

17 June 2020

Seen from Here: Writing in the Lockdown is a collection of stories, flash fiction, poems, autofiction and conceptual writing gathered during the April and May Covid-19 lockdown, bringing together UK-based writers, poets, performance makers and artists.

Published in a PDF format by Unstable Object, an imprint launched by Etchells and Horvat for this occasion, the book is available to buy on a pay-what-you-choose basis, with 100% of proceeds to be donated to the Trussell Trust, a UK food bank charity.

The writing in Seen from Here is extremely diverse – spanning (amongst other things) enigmatic fiction from Will Eaves, Eley Williams, M. John Harrison, Courttia Newland and Fernando Sdrigotti; compelling poetry from Maria Sledmere and Marvin Thompson; powerful autofiction from Lara Pawson, Season Butler and Tony White; prescient language artworks from Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Mason; and compelling performance texts from Selina Thompson, Chris Thorpe and Rupert Thomson. While some of the work reflects directly or indirectly on the lockdown experience and the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, other pieces offer glimpses of past events, other realities and fictional landscapes. All but one of the texts included in the collection are previously unpublished and most are newly written, emerging from the isolating state of the lockdown to form a hallucinatory portrait of the concerns, intimate realities and fragile fantasies of the UK in the pandemic zone of 2020.

The book can be purchased here.

Upcoming Exhibitions 2020

9 March 2020

Hearing Voices / Departure Lounge

6 March – 18 April 2020 (Closed for Easter weekend)

Tim will be presenting a new series of works including a selection of drawings and the newly
commissioned neon work ‘Kind of Stillness’ that are inspired by conversations he’s had with
local residents.

Preview 5 March 2020, 6 – 8pm.

More information here.

NO TWIST AT THE END / Ebensperger Rhomberg Vienna

7 March – 8 May 2020

Tim’s first show at Ebenspreger Rhomberg’s project space in Vienna presents a selection of
his works including the neon More Noise, drawings from his Impossible to Concentrate
series and the sculpture T.L.

Preview 6 March 2020, 6 – 9pm.

More information here.

… of bread, wine, cars, security and peace / Kunsthalle Wien

8 March – 8 May 2020

Tim is showing two new large scale neon pieces, one for the facade of the building, and two
ambitious existing works Mirror Pieces (2014) and A Message (2014) in the upcoming group

Artists include: Marwa Arsanios, Zach Blas, Sonia Boyce, Banu Cennetoğlu, Alejandro
Cesarco, Saddie Choua, Phil Collins, Alice Creischer, Adji Dieye, Ines Doujak, Melanie
Ebenhoch, Tim Etchells, Kevin Jerome Everson, Forensic Architecture, Monika
Grabuschnigg, Vlatka Horvat, Anne Marie Jehle, Gülsün Karamustafa, Jessika Khazrik,
Victoria Lomasko, Hana Miletić, Marina Naprushkina, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Wendelien van
Oldenborgh, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Dan Perjovschi, Pirate Care, HC Playner, Oliver
Ressler, School of Contradiction, Selma Selman, Andreas Siekmann, Daniel Spoerri, Hito
Steyerl, Mladen Stilinović, Marlene Streeruwitz, Milica Tomić

Preview 8 March 2020, 4 – 10pm.

More information here.

Manchester Writing Prize 2019

21 January 2020

Tim Etchells has been selected for the shortlist of new writing as part of this year’s Manchester Writing Competition – the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished work. Devised by Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE at the start of her poet laureateship in 2008, the competition has since awarded £175,000 in prize money and helped to accelerate a number of literary careers.

Organised by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, where Carol Ann is Creative Director, the competition is comprised of the Manchester Poetry Prize and Manchester Fiction Prize, with each winner receiving a £10,000 award.

This year’s Manchester Fiction Prize shortlist features Etchells alongside Elaine Chiew, Lauren Collett, Louise Finnigan, Molly Menickelly and Ian Sample.

From biting satire to experimental fiction, with stories of intense human emotion and powerful evocations of the natural world, there’s something for everyone.

Previous shortlisted writers include Alison Moore, who went on to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and the award-winning poet Helen Mort who used her 2008 Poetry Prize money to buy a car and travel to poetry events around the country. Last year’s prizes were given to New York-based Gabriel Monteros for his story Kolkata, while British poet Molly Underwood took home the Poetry Prize for her three poems Genesis, Corinthians/ John and Song of Songs.

Chair of judges for the Manchester Fiction Prize, novelist, short story writer and editor of Best British Short Stories, Nicholas Royle, who is also Reader in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “Although it was not our intention to do so, we seem to have selected an unusually varied shortlist this year. From biting satire to experimental fiction, with stories of intense human emotion and powerful evocations of the natural world, there’s something for everyone. Stories are entered from all over the world and the short-listed half-dozen represent writing communities in the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands and Britain.”

The Fiction Prize judging panel is completed by Lara Williams, Tutor at Manchester Metropolitan and author of the acclaimed 2019 novel Supper Club, 2017 Fiction Prize winner Sakinah Hofler and Jonathan Gibbs.

The winners of this year’s Poetry and Fiction Prizes will be revealed at a gala ceremony on Friday February 7 in the atmospheric Baronial Hall at Chetham’s Library in the heart of Manchester. The event will feature readings from each of this year’s finalists before the announcement of the winners.

Endland Trailer

17 January 2020

Video trailer for my new short fiction collection Endland – shot and edited by the always amazing Hugo Glendinning, words and music by me. Text is the preface for the book. More info about the book here, buy from Forced Entertainment here.

Upcoming Exhibitions 2019

15 January 2019

Something Common / Ebensperger Rhomberg Salzburg

27 January – 9 March 2019

Tim will be showing a new larger-scale version of his neon piece ‘Something Common’ at the opening of the Ebensperger Rhomberg space in Salzburg. Preview Saturday 26 January from 6-9:30pm.

More information here.


Presque Rien / Geukens & De ViL Contemporary Art

26 January – 10 March 2019

Tim’s neon ‘Keep it Simple’ features in this group show at Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art in Knokke, Belgium. The exhibition brings together artists from different generations, nationalities and disciplines around the idea of ‘(Almost) Nothingness’. The show doesn’t refer to the philosophical thought that denies meaning and value to our existence but wants to reveal – on the contrary – the value of seemingly minimalistic realisations.

More information here.


If it’s not meant to last, then it’s Performance / VITRINE BASEL

23 February till the 19 May 2019

Tim features in this group exhibition  alongside Paul age Boutros, Sophie Jung, Clare Kenny, Hannah Lees, Wil Murray, and Rafal Zajko. The exhibition examines a diverse group of works through the lens of performance by bringing together a group of works that utilise a broad range of materials and processes.

Tim’s work ‘Further Provocations’, comprises 45 phrases, each periodically painted onto the gallery wall before being covered over and replaced with a new line of text. First shown at TATE Modern in London, this work will be presented for the second time at VITRINE, Basel. Like urban graffiti or changing billboard texts, these words are somewhat transient – seen one day, replaced, covered or partly covered over the next, in a process that allows residual traces of the ongoing work to accumulate in place.

Preview Friday 22 February 2019, 6 – 8pm

More information here.


Go With The Flow / Swim Against The Tide / Camberwell Space, London

7 March – 29 March

A selection of Tim’s Fight Posters series (2012) will be shown at Camberwell Place from the 7 – 29 March 2019. The exhibition presents contemporary artworks that explore the power and economy of language to explain, coerce and subvert.

Artists in the exhibition include: Tim Etchells, Kay Rosen, Mark Titchner and Claire Undy. The show also takes the full text of Tim’s LED piece from last year With/Against as it’s title.

More information here.


Between Us/ Kunsthalle Mainz

15 March – 16 June 2019

Group show featuring new neon and other sculptural work from Tim alongside new work from Sissel Tolaas, Tamara Grcic, Alicia Frankovich and Søren Lyngsø Knudsen.

More information here.



Subject:Fwd:Unknown and Shown & Told

19 November 2018

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.

There are also upcoming gigs for Shown & Told Tim’s collaboration with Meg Stuart, coming up in Vienna (23 and 24th November) and Gent (13 and 14 December). More info and links here.

For Everything – VITRINE London

11 October 2018
VITRINE is delighted to present a solo exhibition of work by Tim Etchells. Taking cues from its position in a busy public square, Etchells fills the unique space with a 12 metre-long neon piece that reads ‘For everything that is shown something is hidden’. The letters spelling out the phrase are only alternately illuminated, disrupting the text so that it is only partially visible on first sight. More info and images of this work here. Adjacent to and in a dialogue with the neon work, round the corner of VITRINE’s window space, Etchells presents a series of photographs taken during the protests that greeted U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the UK. Taken from amidst the marching crowd, the images document the signs that protestors carried, but, rather than the fronts, we see the reverse sides of the placards, revealing the diverse arrangements and colours of crisscrossed tape that holds them together.
More information and images of this work here.

Upcoming Exhibitions

26 June 2018

Great Exhibition of the North

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.

Frieze Sculpture 2018

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.


In So Many Words – Lân fan taal 2018

22 January 2018

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.