Its moving from I to It – The Play is a new performance written and directed by Tim Etchells for two actors to be staged within Tate Moderns collection. Commissioned by London-based curatorial initiative FormContent, the work playfully animates the questions and discourses informing FormContents two-year project Its moving from I to It, of which Etchellss play forms the final chapter.
An ongoing investigation into fiction as possible curatorial framework Its moving from I to It has taken varied forms such as research and programming, readings, exhibitions and commissioned texts. Tim Etchells was invited to draw upon the rich and dense body of voices and propositions constituting the programme, responding in the form of a linguistically explosive and unstable play through which he makes a subjective and playful reading of the scenes and thematics of the project. Working across text, visual material and performance, this conclusive chapter makes tangible some of the concerns raised by various contributors regarding issues of authorship, language, and institutional rhetoric.
Set against Tate Moderns collection, Its moving from I to It – The Play instigates a dialogue with the particular context in which it is carried out, allowing a reflection on different modes of cultural production and dissemination.
Tim Etchells is an artist, performance maker and writer, who has worked in a variety of contexts, notably in his role as artistic director of the performance ensemble Forced Entertainment, based in Sheffield and founded in 1984. Etchells’s practice extends through writing and performance projects, neon and video works, through diverse collaborations. He is the author of several books, including a critical exploration of contemporary performance and theatre, a dream dictionary and a novel.
FormContent is a curatorial initiative, founded in 2007 with the intent of experimenting with exhibition formats and fostering collaborations that challenge the reciprocity of artistic and curatorial practices. Its current programme Its moving from I to it has been developed as a nomadic curatorial project intended to explore modes of cultural production and dissemination through a series of different initiatives and collaborations.
Its moving from I to It series of commissions is supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, new collaborative network for commissioning performance-related work co-founded by If I Cant Dance, Amsterdam, Playground (STUK & M), Leuven and Tate Modern, London (as part of BMW Tate Live). With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
BMW Tate Live is curated by Catherine Wood, Curator, Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate and Capucine Perrot, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
BMW Tate Live is a partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space.