The British artist, Tim Etchells, has created a new, space-filling work for the new Lân fan Taal building at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof. The ingredients: neon letters, telephones and poetic messages!
Language is always central to Tim Etchells’ work. He questions contemporary identity and constantly probes our relationship with language in a way that is often funny and poetic. For Lân fan Taal, he has created three connected works of art for Lân fan taal, that celebrate the diversity of language. ‘Hear/Höre/Hoor/Hear’ consists of 80 neon words in Frisian, German, Dutch and English, where each word refers to another use of human speech or sound. ‘Alphabets’, a sound installation that mixes approximately 50 languages, consists of recordings of speakers who recite the alphabet, with examples of words that start with each letter. ‘To Talk To You’ is a recording by Etchells himself, which repeats the same sentence to the visitor in the form of a series of phone messages.
Etchells (1962) is a British artist and writer. His autonomous work is exhibited internationally and includes performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He is also artistic director of the theatre group, Forced Entertainment (world famous for their experimental performances), and professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University.
New building at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof
26 September 2017 31 December 2018Art Installation by Tim Etchells
Heer Ivostraatje 1, Leeuwarden, Nederland