EXPERIMENTICA15: Tim Etchells - Some Imperatives
EXPERIMENTICA15: ARE YOU ASKING FOR EVIDENCE OF THE TRUTH?
EXPERIMENTICA is a 5-day programme of live art, performance and interdisciplinary projects and offers a dynamic platform for UK and international artists. EXPERIMENTICA is entertaining, dangerous, confusing, life-affirming, playful, provocative, thoughtful, witty, engaging, irritating and everything in between.
TIM ETCHELLS: SOME IMPERATIVES
Some Imperatives is a durational performance and intervention. It comprises a sequence of short texts painted by a lone performer on a particular wall or walls. Sometimes shown indoors (galleries or other spaces), sometimes outdoors with texts painted and repainted in urban space, the work has been manifested in different contexts over differing time-periods ranging from a single day to several weeks.
PEOPLE SHOULD CLOSE THEIR EYES
WHILE DRIVING AT HIGH SPEED
JUST TO SEE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
PEOPLE SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES
ONCE AND FOR ALL
WHICH SIDE THEY ARE ACTUALLY ON
Some Imperatives presents a series of contradictory and poetic slogans, demands for change, absurd action or protest, philosophical reflection and political re-thinking. Each text – a declaration chosen by the performer from a long list provided by the artist - is painted on a wall and then later painted out, only to be replaced by a new text painted in the same place etc. Through this on-going and somewhat circular process the location(s) for the work accumulate a residue or trace of previous writings as well as displaying the most recent addition of text.
Etchells’ slogans for Some Imperatives combine the urgency of political calls to arms with a poetic contradictory twist, whilst the cyclical process of painting text, erasing and then repainting, lends the exhortations of the writing a mutable almost schizophrenic quality – the demand of each slogan is always replaced, painted out and changed by the same hand that marked it in the first place. Typically the graffiti slogan is a statement (and act) of certainty and conviction – a singular demand, a bold if impromptu statement - in Etchells’ Some Imperatives it is revealed as part of an inconstant, wavering process – a speaking and unspeaking, a writing, erasing and rewriting that reflects the city, its contradictory dreams and its shifting possibilities.
Caffi Bar, throughout the festival - 4-8 Nov, 10am-10pm
This is a free event - no ticket required.