Let’s Pretend None of This Ever Happened
Neon and Other Works
Tim Etchells

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Editors: Jule Hillgärtner & Tim Etchells

250 x 220 mm
240pp (224 image pages)
ISBN 978-3-95905-767-7

Design: David Caines
Published by Spector, October 2023

Let’s Pretend None of This Ever Happened documents neon, LED and other text works by the British artist Tim Etchells. The book creates a compelling and comprehensive investigation of his projects in public space and galleries, leading with powerful colour images of key works installed in sites all over the world.

Alongside its wide-ranging image survey, Let’s Pretend None of this Ever Happened also features an extended conversation with the artist, conducted by the books’ editor Jule Hillgärtner, director of Kunstverein Braunschweig, as well as an introductory text by curator Ben Borthwick.

Approaching the full range of Etchells’ sculptural work with text, Let’s Pretend None of This Ever Happened creates dialogue across the artist’s works spanning 16 years, as well as exploring the complex relation between individual works and the different contexts in which they have been installed over the last several decades.


Tim Etchells (b. 1962, UK) is an artist and a writer whose work shifts between sculpture, drawing, installation, performance, video and experimental fiction.

Jule Hillgärtner, (editor) is director of Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany.

Ben Borthwick is Head of Programme at KARST, a gallery and studio complex in Plymouth, UK. 



Editors: Tim Etchells, Jule Hillgärtner for Kunstverein Braunschweig
Design: David Caines
Texts: Ben Borthwick, Tim Etchells, Jule Hillgärtner
Copy editing and proofreading: Vlatka Horvat
Image correction: Hugo Glendinning
Print and binding: Gutenberg Beuys Feindruckerei GmbH, Langenhangen, Germany

Published by:
Spector Books OHG
Markus Dreßen, Anne König, Jan Wenzel
Harkortstraße 10D-04107 Leipzig


Selection © 2023, Tim Etchells, Jule Hillgärtner
Contributions © 2023, individual contributors
© 2023, Spector Books, Leipzig

Research and development of the publication was generously supported by PACT Zollverein, Germany and Artichoke, UK.

A catalogue record for this book is available from the National Library of Germany and the Saxony State and University Library.

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First edition 2023
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ISBN 978-3-95905-767-7

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