Tim and I are in Berlin for the opening of Tim’s exhibition at Ebensperger tonight.
The show features Tim’s new and new-ish works in neon, LED/steel, drawing and video – and includes also some work of mine, including a few videos that the two of us made together.
The opening is tonight, 1 Dec 2023, 6-9pm at Ebensperger’s incredible new space in the Fichtebunker, Fichtestrasse 6, 10967 Berlin.
From the press release:
“Lost Your Way” is Tim Etchells’ fourth solo project with Ebensperger. The exhibition comprises the eponymous new neon work alongside several works on paper, videos and a large piece made with steel letters and LEDs . Enough is a set of 14 new monotypes. The video Eyes Looking shows a series of short phrases spelled out in letters made of ice which dissolve to water, the words turning repeatedly to pattern shape and reflection. The piece was first shown across Times Square in 2016, the different phrases appearing in dialogue with each other creating unexpected variations scramblings and re-imaginings of the body and its activities: Eyes Touching, Hands Walking, Blood Listening, Ears Looking.
Installed in the main space at Ebensperger, In the Trees is a large-scale sculpture with steel letter-forms and LED bulbs, originally commissioned for Lichtparcours Braunschweig 2020. The full text reads “The sound you are frightened of is only the wind in the trees”. Conceived as a spatial intervention and as a poetic text work, the sculpture operates in the tension between its invocation of fear and its offer of reassurance, the speculative presence and simultaneous absence or denial of a threat. What might the sound referenced the work be? Who is the “you” that is frightened? And who is the speaker? Can its generic form of reassurance be trusted? Whilst resonating with the built environment and historical context of its installation context at Ebensperger’s new location in a former bunker and bomb shelter – the work at the same time gestures evocatively to broader questions including cultural and political anxieties arising from climate change.
“Lost Your Way” also presents a selection of collaborative video works by Tim Etchells and the artist Vlatka Horvat from between 2001 and 2021, shown here together for the first time: Table Animals and Insults and Praises are shown here alongside Horvat’s Until the Last of Our Labours Is Done in which Etchells performs, and Down Time, one of Etchells’ earliest and best-known video works.
More info about the show on the gallery website here.