Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells’ practice is concerned with tropes of performativity, liveness and presence. Binaries of exposure and concealment, construction and deconstruction, appearance and disappearance are explored through a framework of LCD monitors, computer screens, the stage, the space of a page, a gallery, a found site, a street, or some private space. Etchells’ interventions in these spaces and moments explore the dynamic relationship between the viewer and work in a context where systems in language and culture are interrogated for their productive or constraining effects. Many works produce a kind of non-linearity, an autonomous assembly and deconstruction of encounters and processes.

 

Tim Etchells (b. 1962, Sheffield, UK) is currently Professor of Performance and Writing at Lancaster University. He has led the performance group Forced Entertainment, based in Sheffield since its inception in 1984. Forced Entertainment are widely considered to be one of the greatest British theatrical exports of the past 30 years, credited with producing some of the most innovative and challenging theatre of the era to great acclaim throughout the world. In 2016, Etchells was awarded the Spalding Grey Award well as the International Ibsen Award for his work with Forced Entertainment.

Solo exhibitions include: ‘Open Mind’, VITRINE, Basel, CH (2017); ‘Together Apart’, Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE (2017); ‘The Give & Take’, Tate Exchange, TATE Modern, London (2016); ‘More Noise’, Bloomberg SPACE (2016); ‘For Now’, Plymouth Arts Centre, UK (2015); ‘The Facts On The Ground’, VITRINE, London, UK (2015); ‘Live Forever’, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, USA (2014); ‘What is, and What is Possible’, Jakopič Gallery, Ljubljana, SI, (2013); ‘Neon Friday’, Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), London, UK (2012); ‘From Afar’, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PL, (2011); ‘Tim Etchells’, Gasworks, London, UK, (2010); and ‘Fog Game’, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bramen, DE, (2010). Etchells poster project ‘And For The Rest’ has been created and presented in: Brussels (2014), Basel (2015) and Athens (2016); and he created a new series of posters ‘Vacuum Days (Utrecht)’ presented across the city (May 2016). Group exhibitions include: ’Neon: The Charged Line’, The Grundy, Blackpool, UK (2016); ‘PROCESS, PERFORMANCE, PRESENCE’, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2016); ‘Risk’, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2015); ‘Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements’ at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK (2015); ‘The Alternative Document’, Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, UK (2015); ‘The Cipher and the Frame’, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK (2015); ‘Mirror City’, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2014); ‘Version Control’, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2013); ‘Acts of Voicing’, Württembergischer, Kunstverein Stuttgart, DE, (2012); and ‘Family Matters: The Family in British Art’, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, UK, (2011). Alongside this, Etchells work was involved in the Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, UK, (2014) and has also appeared in numerous biennales including Gotenburg International Biennale, Sweden, (2011) and Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy, (2008).

Tim Etchells presented a solo booth with VITRINE at Dallas Art Fair (2016) and in Perf4m at ARTISSIMA Turin, Italy (November 2016). His collaboration with violinist Aisha Orazbayeva ‘Seeping Through (Decouverte)’ was performed at FIAC, Palais De Decouverte, Paris (2016). His video installation ’Eyes Looking’ took over Times Square, New York, throughout October 2016, commissioned as part of Times Square Arts Alliance ‘Midnight Moments’ series.

Etchells is presented in the group exhibition ‘To See or Not to be’ at Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany (September 2017) and will present an improvised performance at The Showroom, London on September 19th 2017.

Tim Etchells, Open Mind, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost

Tim Etchells, Open Mind, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Nici Jost

Tim Etchells, SEEING THROUGH WALLS, 2017. Neon (red), four transformers, cables, white oak frame, steal wire. 27.5 x 1001 x 10 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Tim Etchells, Together Apart, 2017. Installation view. Kunstverein Braunschweig. Photographer: Stefan Stark

Tim Etchells, Together Apart, 2017. Installation view. Kunstverein Braunschweig. Photographer: Stefan Stark

Tim Etchells, Together Apart, 2017. Installation view. Kunstverein Braunschweig. Photographer: Stefan Stark

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking, 2016. Site specific video installation commissioned as part of Times Square Arts Alliance ‘Midnight Moments’ series on the Times Square electronic display screens. Times Square, NYC.

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking, 2016. Site specific video installation commissioned as part of Times Square Arts Alliance ‘Midnight Moments’ series on the Times Square electronic display screens. Times Square, NYC.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, PersTim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view. onal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, Coming and Going is Why the Place is Here at All, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Folkestone Triennial.

Tim Etchells, Coming and Going is Why the Place is Here at All, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Folkestone Triennial.

Tim Etchells, Winter Piece, 2010. Installation view. Courtesy of Situations for Wonders of Weston, Weston Super Mare.

Tim Etchells, SEEING THROUGH WALLS, 2017. Neon (red), four transformers, cables, white oak frame, steal wire. 27.5 x 1001 x 10 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Tim Etchells, SEEING THROUGH WALLS, 2017. Neon (red), four transformers, cables, white oak frame, steal wire. 27.5 x 1001 x 10 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Tim Etchells, End of Story, 2012. Neon (white), transformer. Edition of 3 + 1 AP. 17.5 x 95 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Tim Etchells, Open Mind, 2017. Sound installation. 12 Minutes. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking (Loop), 2016. Screenshot. Single channel video, 16:9. 2 minutes 49 seconds. Loop.

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking (Loop), 2016. Screenshot. Single channel video, 16:9. 2 minutes 49 seconds. Loop.

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking (Loop), 2016. Screenshot. Single channel video, 16:9. 2 minutes 49 seconds. Loop.

Tim Etchells, More Noise, Neon, 2016. Courtesy of Hugo Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, Mirror Pieces, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Argos.

Tim Etchells, To Be Present, 2015. Neon, Dimensions Variable. Courtesy of Asian Arts Theatre (Suhwan Park)

Tim Etchells, To Be Present, 2015. Neon. Courtesy of Asian Arts Theatre (Suhwan Park)

Tim Etchells, We Wanted, 2011. 3D Steel Letters & LEDs. 1,500 x 90 x 25 cm.

Tim Etchells, Private Joke Series, 2014. Installation view. Photographer: Harry Meadley.

Tim Etchells, Human Shape, 2015. Archival Paper A4 Portrait, Yellow Acrylic, Frame. 21 x 29.7 cm.

Tim Etchells, Vampires, 2015. Archival Paper A4, Landscape, Red Acrylic, Frame. 29.7 x 21 cm.

Tim Etchells, Black Sky, 2015. Archival Paper A4, Portrait, Purple Acrylic. 21 x 29.7 cm.

Tim Etchells, A Ruined Voice, 2015, Archival Paper A3 Landscape, Red Acrylic, Frame, 42 x 29.7 cm.

Tim Etchells, Ballast, 2015. Archival Paper, A4 Landscape, Black Acrylic, Frame. 29.7 x 21 cm.

Tim Etchells, Old People, 2015. Archival Paper A3 Landscape, Blue Acrylic, Frame. 29.7 x 42 cm.

Tim Etchells, Paint it Black, 2014. HD video, single channel, no sound. 3' 56".

Tim Etchells, Paint it Black, 2014. HD video, single channel, no sound. 3' 56".

Tim Etchells, Paint it Black, 2014. HD video, single channel, no sound. 3' 56".

Tim Etchells, News Ticker, 2015. Scrolling LED Sign. 96 x 10 x 5 cm.

Tim Etchells, News Ticker, 2015. Scrolling LED Sign. 96 x 10 x 5 cm.

Tim Etchells, Who Knows (Detail), 2014. Neon (12 Pairs, 24 Phrases).

Tim Etchells, Who Knows, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Tim Etchells, Who Knows (Detail), 2014. Neon (12 Pairs, 24 Phrases).

Tim Etchells, A Message to Yourself From the Past When You Believed in Different Things, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Tim Etchells, Vacuum Days, Installation view, 2011-14. Image courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Tim Etchells, Vacuum Days, 2011-14. Installation view. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Tim Etchells, A Stitch In Time, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Lumiere Derry-Londonderry.

Tim Etchells, A Stitch In Time, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Lumiere Derry-Londonderry.

Tim Etchells, Conscientious Objectors, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre.

Tim Etchells, How Love Could be, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Das Detroit-Projekt.

Tim Etchells, For Words, 2013. Neon - Colour: White. 115 x 14 cm.

Tim Etchells, A Broadcast /Looping Pieces, 2014. Performance. Photographer: Piet Janssens. Courtesy of Forced Entertainment.

Tim Etchells, A Broadcast /Looping Pieces, 2014. Performance. Photographer: Piet Janssens. Courtesy of Forced Entertainment.

Tim Etchells, And For The Rest, 2014. Brussels Poster Project 03.

Tim Etchells, And For The Rest, 2014. Brussels Poster Project 03.

Tim Etchells, Untitled (After Violent Incident), 2013. Installation view. Single Channel Video, 66'.

Tim Etchells, Untitled (After Violent Incident), Film Still, 2013. Single Channel Video, 66'.

Tim Etchells, End of Story, 2012. Neon - Colour: White - White 1A glass - Argon gas filled. 95 x 17.5 cm.

Tim Etchells, Hour of Noise, 2013. Performance. Courtesy of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen.

Tim Etchells, Hour of Noise 2013. Performance 01. Courtesy of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen.

Tim Etchells, Certain Cancellations, 2012. Courtesy of Manifesta.

Tim Etchells, Fight Posters, 2012.

Tim Etchells, Fight Posters, 2012.

Tim Etchells, Fight Posters, 2012.

Tim Etchells, Silence, 2011. Timed and Scrolling LED Display. 129 x 12 x 8 cm.

Tim Etchells, All We Have, 2011. Neon in two parts colour: White. 376 x 13 cm.

Tim Etchells, Some Imperatives, 2011. Sign Painting, Performance.

Tim Etchells, Some Imperatives, 2011. Sign Painting, Performance.

Tim Etchells, Some Imperatives, 2011. Sign Painting, Performance.

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series).

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series).

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series).

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series).

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series).

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011, Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series).

Tim Etchells, Stopped Clock (Phnom Penh), 2011. Archival Digital Print. 81.2 x 101 cm.

Tim Etchells, Stopped Clock (Frankfurt), 2010. Archival Digital Print. 81.2 x 101 cm.

Tim Etchells, Stopped Clock (Munich), 2013. Archival Digital Print. 81.2 x 101 cm.

Tim Etchells, Will be, 2010. Neon part 1, 120 x 113 cm.

Tim Etchells, Will be, 2010. Neon part 1. 120 x 113 cm.

Tim Etchells, Fade to Black, 2012. Neon. 142 x 13 cm.

Tim Etchells, Fading Glory, 2010. Neon, transformers : 1. 170 x 18 cm.

Tim Etchells, Fading Glory, 2010. Neon, transformers : 1. 170 x 18 cm.

Tim Etchells, Temporary, 2011. Timed and Scrolling LED Display. 129 x 12 x 8 cm.

Tim Etchells, G.O, 2010. Neon. 160 x 27 cm.

Tim Etchells, Discarded, King of Spades, 2010. One image from an installation sequence of 26. C-Prints mounted on aluminium.

Tim Etchells, Discarded, King of Spades, 2010. One image from an installation sequence of 26. C-Prints mounted on aluminium.

Tim Etchells, Shouting Your Demands, 2010. Neon, 2 transformers. 235 x 92.5 cm.

Tim Etchells, From More or Less, 2010. Neon, transformers: 2. 192.60 x 80 cm.

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Courtesy of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2010. Photographer: Ian Gallagher.

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Dimensions varies.

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Dimensions varies.

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Dimensions varies. Image courtesy of the artist.

Tim Etchells, Winter Piece, 2010. Installation view. Courtesy of Situations for Wonders of Weston, Weston Super Mare.

Tim Etchells, Winter Piece, 2010. Installation view. Courtesy of Situations for Wonders of Weston, Weston Super Mare.

Tim EtcheTim Etchells, Let's Pretend, 2008. Neon, 4 x 10KV/25mA transformers. 1508 x 50 cm.lls, Let's Pretend, 2008, neon 4 x 10KV/25mA transformers, 1508 x 50 cm.

Tim Etchells, Let's Pretend, 2008. Neon, Transformers: 2. 400 x 15 cm.

Tim Etchells, Please Come Back, 2008. Neon, Colour: Blue - Blue 4 argon fill 10mm. 110 x 13 x 135cm.

Tim Etchells, Wait Here, 2008. Neon glass fill, transformers: 3. 163 x 18 x 80 cm.

Tim Etchells, Wait Here, 2008. Neon glass fill, transformers: 3. 163 x 18 x 80 cm.

Tim Etchells, Nothing List, 2006. LED. 180 x 25 x 8 cm.

Tim Etchells, Emergency Phone, 2006. Modified Telephone, Laminate Sign & Recording of Birdsong. Dimensions varies.

Tim Etchells, Downtime, 2001. Single-channel video. 10'.

Tim Etchells, Downtime, 2001, single-channel video, 10'.

 

 

Tim Etchells
Together Apart
2017
Kunstverein Braunschweig