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Mel Brimfield, Ewan Jones Morris and Chloe Lamford — with Tamy Ben-Tor, Karolina Bregula, Sol Calero & Dafna Maimon, Brian Dewan, Andy Holden, Kalup Linzy, Rachel Maclean, Heather Phillipson, Mary Reid Kelley, Jennet Thomas, Bedwyr Williams
3-7 October 2018
Exhibition, Somerset House, London, UK

TBCTV is an installation bringing together visual art performance and theatre by Mel Brimfield, Ewan Jones Morris and Chloe Lamford.

Transforming Somerset House’s Lancaster Rooms into a mock television studio, TBCTV presented rolling coverage across its six TV channels showing a range of moving image work including show reels, music videos and animations. Artists include Tamy Ben-Tor, Karolina Bregula, Sol Calero & Dafna Maimon, Brian Dewan, Andy Holden, Kalup Linzy, Rachel Maclean, Heather Phillipson, Mary Reid Kelley, Jennet Thomas and Bedwyr Williams.

In the evening TBCTV went out live, with two new performances: Beginning to End, written by Mel Brimfield and co-directed by Mel Brimfield and Chloe Lamford; and Elevenses, written by Tim Price and directed by Finn den Hertog. Both performances star Arthur Darvill and Inès De Clerq.

Photo: Anne Tezlaff
Photo: Anne Tezlaff
Photo: Anne Tezlaff
Photo: Anne Tezlaff
Photo: Anne Tezlaff

MEL BRIMFIELD’s lively and diverse visual art practice takes a skewed and tangled romp through the already vexed historiography of performance, appropriating theatrical and mainstream entertainment formats and genres to appraise the use and value of received cultural hierarchies. Drawing together multiple institutions, agencies, curators and producers representing a broad spread of disciplines, her work is the result of intensive collaboration with a rolling cast of actors, composers and musicians, designers, choreographers, dancers and singers, resulting in photographic, film and large-scale live performance works. Mel recently collaborated with composer Gwyneth Herbert to create a musical documentary film in the form of a Living Newspaper about visionary socialist theatre director Joan Littlewood for Art on the Underground. She built an ersatz Fluxus pianola-based kinetic sculptural installation for The Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery, and restaged Andy Kaufman’s Intergender Wrestling with comedian Simon Munnery for the London Word Festival. Mel Brimfield’s solo exhibitions include 'Death and Dumb', John Hansard Gallery (Southampton) 'Between Genius and Desire', Ceri Hand Gallery, (London); 'This is Performance Art – Performed Sculpture and Dance', Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Quantum Foam, Kinsale Arts Festival (Ireland).

CHLOE LAMFORD is a stage designer, currently Associate Designer at the Royal Court Theatre. Her work spans theatre, installation, music and opera. She is also developing various collaborations across art forms. She works all over Europe, with companies such as Toneelgroep Amsterdam and the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin, as well as regularly in Belgium and France. She is associate designer at the Royal Court Theatre, and regularly designs for the National Theatre and the Young Vic, amongst others. She won the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Design for Performance in 2013. She trained at Wimbledon School of Art.

EWAN JONES MORRIS takes a multidisciplinary approach to filmmaking, often combining live action, collage, stop motion and CGI all within one project. Despite his best efforts, his style is often described as highly imaginative and DIY. Also one half of directing duo Casey + Ewan, he’s directed and co-directed music videos for the likes of DJ Shadow, Leftfield, John Grant, The Human League, Cate Le Bon and many more. His work has attracted a number of awards and nominations, as well as being regularly featured at Adam Buxton’s BFI fixture BUG. His filmmaking collaborations with artist Bedwyr Williams have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Glasgow International Arts Festival and the Barbican. His recent BFI funded short film “This Far Up” was selected for the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand film festival.

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