Some Imperatives

featured in the exhibition RETHINK: Idea, Output, Exchange

Tim Etchells,

Some Imperatives was included in the exhibition RETHINK: Idea, Output, Exchange which sought to further the debate about the function and role of arts practitioners within the current economic and political climate.

The work unfolds in the gallery over the course of 8 hours. The performer (Hester Chillingworth) paints a series of slogans on the gallery walls at a rate of one an hour, always erasing/ painting over the previous text before adding a new one. Etchells’ diverse slogans featuring in this minimal performance are provocative calls to arms, imperatives and demands for action, often combining urgency with contradictory qualities of
vagueness, doubt and ambiguous intention.

Tim Etchells 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. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. His 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.


RETHINK: Idea, Output, Exchange
Rivinton Place, London
4 April 2011