Angus Fairhurst

Gallery Connections


Metal, wood, glass, walkman, amplifier, speakers, headphones, cables and audio
Unconfirmed: 645 x 110 x 450 mm
Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1997

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Angus Fairhurst is an influential member of the group of artists associated with London's Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s. Gallery Connections, 1991, is based on recordings of a series of contrived telephone exchanges between unwitting gallery employees. Fairhurst rang two different galleries simultaneously and then held the handsets together. He himself does not participate and remains silent, while the speakers who are initially disoriented, gradually become more hostile. The transparent desk exposes the sound equipment supposedly 'hidden' inside, subverting any sense of surveillance.

Gallery label, August 2004

Tate Paper

The Management of Display Equipment in Time-based Media Installations

Time-based media installations are works of art that incorporate audio, film, video, 35 mm slides or computer-based elements. This paper ...