Filed under: .Tether, Lauren O'Grady, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer | Tags: .Tether, bieber, biennial, contemporary art, h, liverpool, michael jackson, royal standard, this is it
On September 14 1814, the lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote what would become The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem for the United States of America.
Incorporating an installation, a parade float, a studio production and a series of public events, This Is It will attempt to capture and unpick the way we recognise, record and respond to history that has happened, is happening now and will happen in the future.
We’re hosting several events at The Royal Standard. See what’s on and book a space here.
A new film by Tether features within Oliver Braid’s exhibition at The Royal Standard, ‘My 5 New Friends’.
“The exhibition at The Royal Standard will juxtapose newly commissioned short films by David Hoyle & Lee Baxter, Patrick Staff, Maayke Schurer, Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould and Tether who have been interpreting the evolving narratives alongside meticulously hand crafted ‘gift objects’ created by Oliver Braid, one for each of his new ‘friends’, all re-presented in a bespoke installation environment designed by It’s Our Playground.”
Filed under: .Tether, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer | Tags: .Tether, 2011, art, birmingham, collaboration, days, Exhibition, restaurant
Are we ham acting? Have we missed the fact that it all stopped in 1983 and we’re all just out there on a repeater because it’s something to do on a Sunday?
For 16 days from April 1st 2011, Tether will be stationed at The Lombard Method in Birmingham. The Nottingham based collective will work towards creating 16 new works that seek to interfere with the Lombard Method and the way people interact and react within it. Through permanent and time-specific alterations, the works will address abstract concepts of space, time and history, placing diverse happenings or ephemera alongside each other in a non-linear format.
Filed under: .Tether, Benjamin Hargrave, Hugh Dichmont, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer, the wasp room | Tags: .Tether, 2009, art, event, Exhibition, gallery, nottingham, tether studios, the wasp room
May 30th – June 14th
Private View : May 29th, 6-8pm followed by The Art Crawl
For the third and final show in the Wasp Room gallery’s inaugural season of exhibitions, Tether present ‘Murder in the Kremlin’; a tale of espionage, paranoia and death.
In this age of 24‐hour CCTV, where our daily lives are increasingly recorded, newspapers manufacture stories to sell copies and satellite news channels do
anything to keep us watching, who can we trust anymore? Amidst the paranoia and propaganda how can we hope for a simple answer?
With a story slowly unraveling before us, we piece together all we can to make sense of what we see. All that we know for sure is that we are in troubled times.
Collaborating on this large multi‐faceted group installation, Tether will use a variety of methods and media to create frozen moments, or episodes, in an untold narrative, with shades of the Hollywood thriller.
Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and Nottingham Brewery
Filed under: .Tether, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer | Tags: .Tether, broadway, nottingham, screenings
Tether will be curating this month’s Digital Broadway programme of original videos and animations.
Featuring work by artists James Brown, Anthony Peskine and Joseph Mann, the films possess a shared concern for fantasy, absurdity and playful innocence. Using cinematic techniques reminiscent of early and amateur cinema –cut-outs, stop-frame animation, home-made ‘green screen’ effects- Tether’s commissions are beautifully awkward and imaginative.
Such ideas relate closely to Tether’s wider activity, in which they curate exhibitions and produce work as a group; projects produced in collaboration with an emphasis on invention and inter-disciplinarity.
Tether and Digital Broadway are supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England
Filed under: Artists, Hugh Dichmont, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer | Tags: Artists, exhibitions
Work by Tether artists will be on show as part of Stand Assembly’s on going series of exhibitions which showcase the practices of Nottingham-based contemporary artists. The first show, As I Go I Dude You, opens with its private view on Thursday 19th June, from 6-8pm. The show is then on from Saturday 21st-Sunday 22nd, 1-5pm. Artists in this show include Harriet Kerrs and Liam Aitken.
The second show, U So Dead Ugii, will open to the public on the 28th and 29th of June, 1-5pm, whilst the private view is on Thursday 26th of June, 6-8pm. Artists in this show include Lauren O’Grady and Timothy Dixon.
Stand Assembly is located at: Unit 3 The Factory, Dakeyne St, Nottingham, NG3 2AR.
For directions to the venue, or for more information on Stand Assembly, please visit their website:
Filed under: .Tether, Benjamin Hargrave, Hugh Dichmont, Liam Aitken, Samuel Mercer | Tags: .Tether, all smoke and no fire, collaboration, Exhibition, free range, london
As part of Free Range 2008, Tether produced a five-day collaborative show entitled All Smoke and No Fire.
Focusing on the process of artistic compromise and reflecting upon the reality of post-graduate life, All Smoke and No Fire presented artworks that reacted to the challenge of creating work as a collective, and attempted to live up to the cavernous grandeur of the Old Truman Brewery.
Playing with notions of spectacle and ambition, the works –which ranged from architectural interventions, to sculptural installations, to performance- stood out in Free Range’s Design Week as distinct and different. The central piece, a 10ft high Trojan horse made of wood and cardboard, alluded light-heartedly to this notion of difference; the construction a discarded “prop” from the Tether Group’s “invasion” of the Old Truman Brewery complex, in a week otherwise devoted to design.
Other works included the mobile architectural interventions known as “Pillar Men”, which roamed All Smoke and No Fire, seeking to find their place among the numerous concrete columns which characterise the Old Truman Brewery space. Replete with personalities of their own, Pillar Men were liable to follow you, and yet equally prone to shyness and attempts at hiding. No matter how hard they try, the audience may have spotted them.
Like the Wizard of Oz -hiding behind a curtain and bombastic effects to disguise his slight appearance- All Smoke and No Fire pretended to be far grander than it actually was.
The pieces that made up All Smoke and No Fire distinguished the show from all other Free Range exhibitions thus far- representing the combined practices of roughly a dozen fine artists, free from individual artistic ownership from any of the group’s constituent members.
This project was supported by Nottingham Trent University as part of their One Year Out support scheme for Nottingham-based art graduates.