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Etchells, Tim

City Changes

The city as a construct figures prominently in Tim Etchells’s visual art, performances and fiction. At the start of his 20-part text work, City Changes (2008) Etchells introduces – in black and white – a nameless city in which nothing ever changes. In the prints that follow, he rewrites and distorts this text, painting a preposterous picture of a place in which change is endemic and nothing is stable. Each amendment, addition or omission that takes place is captured and colour-coded, laying bare the process of writing.

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