Tim Etchells: A Broadcast / Looping Pieces
7 Dec 2014

A Broadcast / Looping Pieces is an improvised text and performance work by theatre maker, artist, and writer Tim Etchells.

Teijin auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
4 - 5 pm
Entrance fee to the Stedelijk Museum + € 2.50

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Tim Etchells
Tim Etchells
© Tim Etchells, 2014
© Tim Etchells, 2014

The Stedelijk Museum is delighted to welcome theatre maker, artist, and writer Tim Etchells, who will present his new performance piece A Broadcast / Looping Pieces.

The core of the work is a live remixing by Etchells of pages from his notebook – actually a chaotic Microsoft Word file in which the artist has, over many years, accumulated fragments of text, ideas, overheard conversation, cut-and-paste-excerpts from newspaper articles and web pages, writings, drafts, quotations, and other notes. Selecting passages from this textual scrapbook, Etchells winds, intercuts, weaves, and collides language – frequently looping and repeating on individual lines, at other times editing and re-writing on the fly, creating dialogues, juxtapositions, and ambiguous collisions.

Exploring archive and the processes of writing and gathering, A Broadcast / Looping Pieces is an improvised exploration of Etchells’ approaches to text, the creative process, and the transformative power of performance itself.

More information about the artist:

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art, and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment. In recent years, he has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, participating in Manifesta 7 (2008) in Rovereto, Italy; Art Sheffield 2008; Goteborg Bienale (2009); October Salon Belgrade (2010); Aichi Trienale, Japan 2010, with Vlatka Horvat; and Manifesta 9 (Parallel Projects) 2012. He has had solo shows at Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, Gasworks and Sketch (London), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Galerije Jakopič (Ljubljana), and Künstlerhaus Bremen. Etchells’ first novel, The Broken World, was published by Heinemann in 2008 and his monograph on contemporary performance and Forced Entertainment, Certain Fragments (Routledge 1999), is widely acclaimed. Recent publications include Vacuum Days (Storythings, 2012) and While You Are With Us Here Tonight (LADA, 2013). He is currently a professor of performance at Lancaster University.

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