Recent texts about my work

20 October 2015

A few recent texts about my work – a review from Andrew Haydon, who wrote about the one-off performance I did at LADA in response to Tehching Hsieh’s film Outdoors, documenting his One Year Performance 1981-1982. Andrew also wrote a really great text about the durational improvised piece I did with Aisha Orazbayeva earlier this year called Seeping Through. Aisha and I are again presenting our collaboration at 7pm November 10 2015 at Old Cholmeley Boys Club, Dalston. For completists (if there are any), I’m linking here to an earlier text by Weronika Trojanska writing on my solo performance A Broadcast / Looping Pieces in Metropolism, after it was presented at Stedelijk last year. The solo is the ground from which my work on Tehching’s film, and the collaboration with Aisha have sprung. You can see it in London soon too, at Battersea Arts Centre, November 7 & 14.

There’s also this great text by Dominika Mackiewicz in This is Tomorrow about the neon work Will Be which was recently installed at Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham as part of Fierce Festival.

Finally for the moment, two texts about Plymouth Art Weekender, which feature reviews of my solo show For Now at Plymouth Arts Centre , which opened 23 September 2015 and runs until 3 January 2016. There’s Pippa Koszerek writing at A-N and also Andy Cluer writing about the show on a blog at Plymouth College of Art.

Current activities – October 2015 onwards

7 October 2015

* For Now, Tim Etchells, solo exhibition.
Plymouth Arts Centre, September 25 2015 – January 3 2016.
The exhibition comprises new audio and drawing works alongside neon text sculptures, and includes a brand new sound piece Stand Off, an experiment with repetition and layering that places visitors at the centre of a dynamic and bewildering confrontation of voices.

* Seeping Through Launch Event
November 10, 2015. Old Cholmeley Boys Club, Dalston, 7pm.
EP launch with live performance by Tim Etchells and Aisha Orazbayeva.
The Seeping Through EP (vinyl plus digital download) is being released by PRAH records.

* Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements, group exhibition.
3 October – 13 December, Compton Verney, Warwickshire.
The show features Etchells’ new neon Something Common and explores the links between artistic practice and the scientific and cultural properties of the core elements.

* Risk, group exhibition.
Turner Contemporary, Margate, October 10 2015 – January 17 2016.
Features Etchells’ 2008 neon Wait Here. Other artists in the exhibition include Marina Abramović, Eva Hesse, Yves Klein,Marcel Duchamp, Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter, Carsten Höller, Yoko Ono, Fischli & Weiss, Jose Dávila, Chim↑Pom and Ai Weiwei, as well as key works by JMW Turner.

* A Broadcast / Looping Pieces
Battersea Arts Centre, November 7 & 14.
Etchells’ improvised solo performance in a double bill with Forced Entertainment’s The Notebook.
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* Forced Entertainment’s The Notebook on tour.
Visiting Zurich, Manchester, Stockholm, Huddersfield, Athens, Lancaster, Plymouth, Chicago and Coventry over Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016. Other repertoire work from the group also on tour in Vila do Conde, Stockholm, Antwerp and Gwangju, South Korea (also featuring new Tim Etchells neons as well as a show of Tim’s Empty Stages photo-collaboration with Hugo Glendinning).

* Filmworks show at Contact , Manchester
Wed 23 Sep to Sat 12 Dec, open daily (not Sun)
Featuring Etchells’ videos alongside works by Hetain Patel. Including Etchells’ pieces Untitled (After Violent Incident) (2013), Fog Game (2010) and Insults & Praises (collaboration with Vlatka Horvat) (2003)

* And For The Rest poster project in Basel.
19 October for several weeks.
The posters feature fragments of text about social, poetic and political change gathered during interviews with people in Basel who do not have the right to vote. Talk from Tim about the project on Thursday 27th Oct.

Seeping Through Performance

16 September 2015

Me and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva will perform Seeping Through, showcasing material from our forthcoming 2016 EP on PRAH records. The performance is on Tuesday November 10 2015 at 7:00pm Dalston Boys Club, 68 Boleyn Road London, N16 8JG London, United Kingdom.


26 June 2015
3 July – 12 September: a selection of my VACUUM DAYS posters are part of the Island (Adaptation II) exhibition at g39 in Cardiff.


4 – 18 July: a selection of my FIGHT POSTERS are in the group show of text-based art, Softly Overrripe, at HaHa Gallery in Southampton, curated by Lulu Nunn of HOAX.


4 July – 30 August: my neon WAIT HERE is at Kunstenfestival WATOU in Belgium.


16 February 2015
Artists: Patrick Coyle, Tim Etchells, Yuri Pattison and Tris Vonna-Michell
Monday 16 February – Monday 16 March 2015
Locations: Oxford Central Library (Performance videos) – Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJ
Oxford University Language Centre (Performance videos and online project) – 12 Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6HT
My performance video CURRENT STATUS, 2015 (Single Channel, 15 mins) explores language as a stream of consciousness that is fed and re-fed through communication. The ‘chaotic accumulating Word file’ used as the basis for these solo performances is a collection of gathered fragments of text, overheard conversations, cut-and-paste excerpts and quotations. My piece is on display at Oxford Central Library and Oxford University Language Centre.




13 October 2014

External neon installed on the gallery bridge, A Message To Yourself From The Past When You Believed In Different Things (2014) and exhibition shots of Vacuum Days (2012) at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. As part of the MIRRORCITY group show. Great pictures below by Hugo Glendinning.

Exhibition runs from 14 October, 2014 to 4 Jan, 2015.

Vancouver Neons

4 February 2014

Installation shots of Who Knows (2014) at Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver, Canada.
Exhibition runs from 23 Jan, 2014 to Jun, 2014.