(Belgium, Mexico 1959 – )
This video work shows the artist walking the streets of London, trailing a wooden drumstick along a series of metal railings, making a percussive, sometimes bell-like noise. The camera follows behind, focusing on the stick as it hits the railings. Occasionally it cuts to wide-angle shots, capturing the awkward and strangely humorous presence of other people. The work is a playful example of one of Alÿs’s ‘interventions’ in a city.
Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.
Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 153, 170, 183 (colour illus.).
John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Room #2 - Francis Alys and Bill Viola, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 22 Mar 2014–04 May 2014