Tim Etchells

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Tim Etchells about Lisbon

BureauGrotesque - A Sad Tale of Scarton from Endland (sic)

Circling long hours, beaten and/or exhausted by many of steep hills and sunshine and cobblestones and drinking ...

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Tim Etchells (Sheffield, 1962) is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He is Professor of Performance at Lancaster University.

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. A publication based on his 2011 online project Vacuum Days was published by Storythings in October 2012.

In recent years Etchells has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, with solo shows at Gasworks and Sketch (London), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Galerije Jakopič (Ljubljana) and Künstlerhaus Bremen. His work has appeared in a number of art biennales in Europe and Asia since 2008. Selected group shows include Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam), MUHKA (Antwerp), Galleria Raffaella Cortese (Milan), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin), MACBA (Barcelona), The Centre for Book Arts (New York), David Roberts Art Foundation (London) and Kunsthaus Graz.

Forced Entertainment is a performance group founded in 1984 and based in Sheffield. Etchells has led the group since its inception and has directed, devised, and occasionally performed in, dozens of critically acclaimed performance works that have been shown at major festivals and theatres around the world. Forced Entertainment has had a huge impact on the development of a uniquely British style of avant-garde performance and their work is now included as part of the theatrical canon to students studying contemporary performance.

Tim Etchells wrote a citybook about Lisbon in the autumn of 2014. BureauGrotesque - A Sad Tale of Scarton from Endland (sic) is a melancholy, exciting vortex of associations, impressions, language games and meta-reflections about and inspired by the Portuguese city. Since the ‘90s, ‘Endland’ has made multiple appearances in Etchells’ stories; a country that – according to the author – both does and does not exist. He mixes references to real people and locations with names sprouted in his own imagination, uses Old English vocabulary alongside deliberately misspelled words. He posits that it’s precisely this kind of grotesque storytelling that can tell us something about the ‘strange and bitter times’ in which we live.


Tim Etchells, artista e escritor do Reino Unido. Trabalhou numa grande variedade de contextos, notabilizando-se enquanto líder da companhia mundialmente reconhecida Forced Entertainment, e em colaboração com uma panóplia de artistas visuais, coreógrafos e fotógrafos. O seu trabalho atravessa a performance, vídeo, fotografia, escrita, instalação e ficção.

Nos anos mais recentes Etchells apresentou-se largamente no contexto das artes visuais, com trabalhos a solo na Gasworks and Sketch (Londres), na Bunkier Sztuki (Carcóvia), na Galerije Jakopič (Lubliana) e na Künstlerhaus Bremen. O seu trabalho foi programado para as bienais Manifesta 7 (2008) em Rovereto, Itália; Art Sheffield 2008, Goteborg Bienale (2009), October Salon Belgrade (2010), Aichi Trienale, Japan 2010, com Vlatka Horvat e Manifesta 9 (Parallel Projects) 2012. No caso de trabalhos em colectivo, destaque para Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amesterdão), MUHKA (Antuérpia), Galleria Raffaella Cortese (Milão), Sparwasser HQ (Berlim), MACBA (Barcelona), The Centre for Book Arts (Nova Iorque), David Roberts Art Foundation (Londres) e Kunsthaus Graz.

Forced Entertainment é um grupo performativo fundado em 1984 e estabelecido em Sheffield. Etchells conduziu o grupo desde a sua criação e dirigiu, criou e ocasionalmente apresentou, várias performances aclamadas pela crítica que foram mostradas em grandes festivais e teatros pelo mundo. Forced Entertainment teve um impacto enorme no desenvolvimento de um estilo britânico único de performance avant-garde e o seu trabalho é agora incluído como parte do cânone teatral nos estudos de performance contemporânea. Com um nome provocativo, Forced Entretainment preocupa-se frequentemente com a mecânica do evento ao vivo – corrompendo convenções e expectativas associadas ao acto de assistir a performances ao vivo.

O trabalho de direcção de Etchells com Forced Entertainment estende-se desde espectáculos de teatro tais como The Coming Storm (2012), The Thrill of it All (2010), Bloody Mess (2004) e First Night (2001), até performances mais íntimas e minimalistas tais como Tomorrow’s Parties (2011), The Travels (2002), Exquisite Pain (2005), esta última baseada num texto da artista visual Sophie Calle. Sob a direcção de Etchells o grupo desenvolveu uma vertente extraordinária de peças contínuas improvisadas com duração de 6 a 24 horas, tais como Speak Bitterness (1994 – e seguintes), Quizoola! (1996 – e seguintes) e And on the Thousandth Night.. (2000 – e seguintes).

O primeiro romance de Etchells, The Broken World foi publicado pela Heinemann em 2008 e sua monografia em performance contemporânea e nos Forced Entertainment, Certain Fragments (Routledge 1999) foi vastamente aclamada. Em 2011, uma publicação baseada no projecto online Vacuum Days foi publicada pela Storythings em Outubro de 2012. Tim Ettchells foi Legacy: Thinker in Residence (2009-2010) na Tate Research e no LADA em Londres e Professor Honorário Convidado na School of Arts da Roehampton University (2010-2012) e Professor de Performance na Sheffield University 2011-2012. Em 2013 tornou-se Professor de Performance na Lancaster University.