Notes I, II and III

Tweed, C (2010) Notes I, II and III. Spike Island, Bristol, UK, 9 October - 5 September 2010.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Tweed, C
Abstract: Whilst masquerading as a fiction — reports from a future dystopia transmitted in episodes by a posthuman life force — the world of Charlie Tweed’s Notes series, like all dystopias, mirrors the concerns of the present moment, specifically 21st Century systems of control that perpetuate ideologies of fear. The artist has created the narrative of a shadowy, omni-present powerbase who are orchestrating change on a mass scale. Their plans include a worldwide flood (We are the above), and, more mysteriously still, a movement intent on capturing ‘all of the birds’ in order to “store them securely in places where they can operate freely” (Where we are now). The imperative for this apparently urgent yet nonsensical collective action is conveyed by computerised voiceovers. These voices, always addressing ‘us’, the viewer, outline their plans calmly and with authority, accompanied by melancholic music. The continual use of the plural is deliberate, implying that ‘we’ must have the same desires as the anonymous collective who speak to and for us. Compliance with these urgent actions also appears to be the only way that we can maintain our safety, albeit at the cost of everything we know. This exhibition is the first major UK solo show in a public gallery by British artist Charlie Tweed and the first occasion when all three installments of the Notes series will be shown together in one space. The videos are projected in a continuous sequence across the interior of Gallery Two, whilst Animate Projects, in association with Artsway, present a simultaneous online exhibition of the complete Notes series. This online exhibition is accompanied by an interview with the artist and a new essay on Tweed’s work by Spike Island curator Marie-Anne McQuay. Notes Part I, II & III is presented in partnership with Animate Projects and Artsway. With thanks also to curator Pavel Vancat and Galerie Klatovy Klenová, Czech Republic for commissioning Notes II.
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Date: 2010
Event Location: Spike Island, Bristol, UK
Number of Pieces: 3
Medium: Video Installation
Measurements/Duration: 20:00 minutes

Notes I, II & III contains the following seven individual works grouped under three
- Notes Part I (2008) - 08:00. 'We are the above'; 'Where we are now'; 'We must undo'.

- Notes Part II (2009) - 08:10. Navstevnici’; ‘Singularity’; ‘Ionosphere’.

- Notes Part III (2010) - 03:50. ‘Zappisale’.

The full length of the complete Notes series is 20 minutes and the videos will loop at 11am, 11:20, 11:40 and so forth until 5pm. The works screen across three walls in the sequence above and you are welcome to enter the installation at any stage.

Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 16:13
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