Dirty Literature

The inaugral event of the Dirty Literature series features Tim Etchells and Tony White
Thu 17 Mar 2011, 7:30pm

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.

This event is free, but booking is essential:

Dirty Literature:
From performative lectures that roam across fact and fabrication to genre-defying plays with storytelling, Dirty Literature brings together artists and writers exploring the boundaries of narrative. Here the characters in the National Portrait Gallery collection form a rich cast, portrayed yet again with the use of the spoken word. In the evocation of a person, a presence, the participating artists turn to an array of references and materials - a form of contaminated literature, unfolding at the edges of coherence. Ephemeral like a rumour, mobile like gossip this is a form of biography that escapes the weight and permanence of the published word and the painted figure alike, a real time portrait.

Thursday 17 March 2011, 7:30 PM
Tim Etchells and Tony White

Thursday 14 April 2011, 7 PM
Samuel Dowd and Sue Tompkins

Thursday 12 May 2011, 7 PM
Will Holder and Karl Holmqvist

Thursday 16th June 2011, 7 PM
Tom McCarthy and Francesco Pedraglio

All events are free, but booking is essential:

The series will be accompanied by a publication which brings together new contributions by the participating artists, an essay by curator Fatima Hellberg reflecting on language and latency, alongside work from the Tactile Poetry series by pioneering Austrian artist Josef Bauer.
Curated by Fatima Hellberg (Electra).
Dirty Literature

Event Title: Dirty Literature
Postcode: Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE UK
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