Tim Etchells and Tony White at the National Portrait Gallery

17 Mar 2011

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7.30 PM

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London, United Kingdom


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A performance series curated and produced by Electra


In a new text-performance for the National Portrait Gallery Tim Etchells builds and dissolves stories, worlds and pictures in language, working with rules, games and strategies unfolding at the edge of narrative coherence. Etchells draws on text material from catalogue essays and critical responses to works in the collection whilst also invoking the more familiar landscapes from his work through dystopian urban adventures, science fiction and distorted fairytales. Tony White is a writer best known for his novel 'Foxy-T' (Faber) which maps the migrant economies and street slang of contemporary Whitechapel. Responding to the 'Poll Tax riots' and recent protests in Trafalgar Square, White will read from 'Charlieunclenorfolktango', his satirical 1999 novel about an alienated police force, before being joined by musician Simon Edwards to exclusively preview a new short story commissioned by digital arts agency SCAN for their Digital Transformations project. The evening is the first in the performance series 'Dirty Literature', a programme and publication exploring language at the edge of narrative coherence. Other events include: Thursday 14 April, 7 PM Samuel Dowd and Sue Tompkins Thursday 12 May, 7 PM Will Holder and Karl Holmqvist Thursday 16th June, 7 PM Tom McCarthy and Francesco Pedraglio All events are free but booking is essential: bookings@electra-productions.com

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