ECHT

2014
Williams, Bedwyr
Bedwyr Williams’s ECHT, created as part of a major commission for Tramway, Glasgow, depicts a dystopian future where an apocalyptic event has caused society as we know it to crumble, and a new world order to form. As Williams explains, ‘status is based on conspicuous consumption’ and ‘hoarders are kings’. During the film Williams’s character narrates with a deadpan delivery Britain’s rapid descent into this new feudal system. Williams, who represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013, has a history of stand up comedy. The humour in this particular work comes from the fact that the increasingly absurd events take place within banal suburban settings, as well as from the juxtaposition of the ‘dark’ subject matter with the film’s determinedly pastel palette.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 26 minutes 9seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 3 + 2 AP
  • Material description: HD Single Channel Video
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  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC20/2014

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