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Title

Railings

2004


Artist

Francis Alÿs

Belgium, Mexico

1959 -


About

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.


Details


Date

2004


Media category

Time-based art


Materials used

digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound


Edition

2/4 [edition of 4 + 2AP & 1 exhibition copy]


Dimensions

duration: 00:06:30 min, aspect ratio: 16:9


Signature & date

Signed l.l. certificate of authenticity, black ink "FAlÿs". Not dated.


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.138


Artist information

Francis Alÿs

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.).