Mark TitchnerArtists are Cowards 2002

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Mark Titchner (born 1973)
Artists are Cowards
Date 2002
MediumVideo, projection, colour
Dimensionsduration: 4min, 53sec projection: 2250 x 3000 mm
Acquisition Presented by Vilma Gold 2005, accessioned 2007
Not on display


Mark Titchner’s short video, Artists are Cowards, comprises four animated parts that play simultaneously on quarter sections of the screen. The work combines hypnotic imagery and a series of short statements that are written in bold, upper case letters. Images are composed in layers so that text appears over moving components or flashes momentarily onscreen. The video is displayed as a continuous loop with no title sequence and the artist has specified that the image should be projected to a width of 3 metres.

Titchner’s work explores the relationship between language, thought and action. Using fragments of text that he finds in various sources including political manifestos, song lyrics, religious and philosophical literature, he produces a consistently stylised mode of address. Works are characterised by ornate graphic detail, hard-edged typography and dynamic combinations of black and red that evoke associations with agitprop. Words are encountered as orders, demands or declarations. A central theme is the relationship between what the artist has called, ‘human will’ and ‘inscription ..… (read more)

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