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This Is It by Tether

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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.

On September 14 2012, the artist collective Tether begin This Is It at The Royal Standard as part of the 7th Liverpool Biennial.

This Is It is part of Service Provider – a ten week programme at The Royal Standard exploring notions of both private and public hospitality within the context of a biennial structure.

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.



Oliver Braid – My Five New Friends by Tether
January 24, 2012, 11:49 pm
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Oliver Braid - My Five New Friends

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.”



16 Days by Tether
March 2, 2011, 12:31 pm
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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.
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Tether – Murder in The Kremlin by Tether
Murder in The Kremlin

Murder in The Kremlin

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



Tether curate Digital Broadway during March by Tether
March 1, 2009, 3:41 pm
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Taller than Trees - Joseph MannTether 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.

More information can be found at broadway.org.uk or our minisite

Tether and Digital Broadway are supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England



Tether Shows at Stand Assembly | 19th-29th June by hughdichmont
June 10, 2008, 9:49 am
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week one at Stand Assembly

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:
www.standassembly.org



All Smoke and No Fire | 29th May-2nd June 2008 | The Old Truman Brewery | London by Tether

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.

http://www.free-range.org.uk | http://www.ntu.ac.uk | http://www.tether.org.uk