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November 2016
Vol. 35 No. 9

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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The Narrative is in the Unknowing: A Conversation with Tim Shaw
by Brian McAvera
Tim Shaw, Casting a Dark Democracy Tim Shaw, who was born in Belfast, has lived in the south of England for the past 25 years, on a farm that serves as both his home and studio. In 2013, he was elected to the Royal Academy and to the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Widely traveled, he has had residencies in Greece, Spain, Ireland, and Germany. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions, Shaw has produced major commissions, including The Minotaur for the Royal Opera House in London and The Rites of Dionysus for The Eden Project in Cornwall. A monograph on his work was published earlier this year, and the San Diego Museum of Art will host his first major U.S. museum exhibition in the near future. Brian McAvera: Last year you were working in Bonn, Germany. What was the project? Tim Shaw: I was a fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture." The piece I did for the one-year program is called The Birth of Breakdown Clown. I was working with a robot-maker in Bonn, who is developing artificial intelligence. Breakdown Clown is an outsider, a bit like a priest or a shaman or a therapist. The program malfunctions, data gets mixed up, and out of the mouth of the clown come wonderful nuggets of truth mixed up with verbal madness. ...see the entire article in the print version of November's Sculpture magazine.

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Casting a Dark Democracy, 2008/2014. Steel, barbed wire, black polythene, 3-phase electrical wire, sand, oil, sound, haze, and lighting, figure: 5.5 meters high, oil pool: 10 x 3.6 meters.

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