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.
digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
2/4 [edition of 4 + 2AP & 1 exhibition copy]
duration: 00:06:30 min; aspect ratio: 16:9
Signature & date
Signed l.l. certificate of authenticity, black ink "FAlÿs". Not dated.
John Kaldor Family Collection
Not on display
© Francis Alÿs. Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Shown in 2 exhibitions
John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Room #2 - Francis Alys and Bill Viola, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 22 Mar 2014–04 May 2014
Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–04 Sep 2016
Referenced in 2 publications
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.).