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Tim Spooner works in performance, collage, painting and sculpture. His work uses materials and objects in ways that reveal unexpected properties, aiming to open up perspectives beyond the human scale.

Fundamentally interested in unpredictability, his work is an exercise in balancing control with a lack of it in the handling of the materials he is working with. Since 2010, Tim has created a series of increasingly complex live works centred around the revelation of “life” in material.

Projects include The Voice of Nature, an interconnected system of fragile sculptures; The Assembly of Animals, made for young audiences and concerned with the abstraction of an animal form; and The Telescope, which uses a microscope camera to reveal a universe of miniature objects manipulated using magnets, electricity and chemical reactions. Alongside, and in relation to these projects, he has produced a continuous stream of paintings and collages.

Date Title Venue City
29 February 2020 The Assembly of Animals The Tolmen Centre Constantine, Falmouth
6–13 December 2019 Monuments of Tower Hamlets St Botolph's without Aldgate London
28–29 October 2019 Cuteness Forensics Theater der Dinge, Shaubude Berlin
9 September – 3 December 2019 Monuments of Tower Hamlets Toynbee Studios
14 August 2019 The Assembly of Animals LasFest Bialystok
28–29 June 2019 Dead Nature Battersea Arts Centre London
4–9 June 2019 Monuments of Tower Hamlets Toynbee Studios
11 November 2018 The Telescope NoD Theatre Prague
29–30 September 2018 The Assembly of Animals Westfluegel Leipzig
13 September 2018 The Telescope Il Festival Opera Prima Rovigo
8–16 September 2018 Monuments of Portland B-Side Festival Portland
23 June – 15 September 2018 Natural Habitat Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Bury
6–9 June 2018 The Voice of Nature Battersea Arts Centre London
22–24 March 2018 Pulverised Palace TJP Strasbourg Strasbourg
10 March – 27 May 2018 Natural Habitat DCA Dundee
10–11 February 2018 Weekender Lab: A HOLE IN THE SHAPE OF SOMETHING Toynbee Studios
21 January 2018 The Assembly of Animals Junges Nationaltheater, Imaginale Mannheim
20 October 2017 Natural Habitat The MAC Belfast
12–13 October 2017 The Voice of Nature Grand Plateau La Friche de La Belle de Mai, Actoral Festival Marseille
21–23 July 2017 The Telescope Culture Station Seoul284 Seoul
27 May 2017 The Voice of Nature WATCH OUT Festival, Cambridge Junction Cambridge
20 May 2017 The Assembly of Animals Internationales Figurentheater Festival Erlangen
19 May 2017 The Voice of Nature Internationales Figurentheater Festival Erlangen
20–21 January 2017 The Voice of Nature TJP Strasbourg Strasbourg
2–4 December 2016 The Assembly of Animals Pesta Boneka Festival Yogyakarta
29–30 November 2016 The Assembly of Animals NuArt Sculpture Park Bandung
26–27 November 2016 The Assembly of Animals Komunitas Salihara Jakarta
22–23 November 2016 The Assembly of Animals Ladang Tari Nan Jombang Padang
24–25 September 2016 The Assembly of Animals LLAWN Llandudno
10–18 September 2016 The Voice of Nature: The Shambles B-Side Festival Isle of Portland
28 May 2016 THE VOICE OF NATURE: MILK VOICE WATCH OUT Festival, Cambridge Junction Cambridge
14–15 May 2016 The Assembly of Animals FIMFA Festival, Teatro Maria Matos Lisbon
5–8 May 2016 The Assembly of Animals Macau Arts Festival Macau
29–30 April 2016 The Assembly of Animals Culture Station Seoul284
13–14 February 2016 The Assembly of Animals Mini Vault Festival London
30–31 January 2016 The Assembly of Animals Mini Vault Festival London
23–29 August 2015 The Assembly of Animals Small Animal Hospital, Summerhall Edinburgh
14 December 2014 The Telescope Festival Natura dei Teatri #19 Parma
30 November – 2 December 2014 The Assembly of Animals Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape Rillieux-la-Pape
21–23 November 2014 The Assembly of Animals TJP Strasbourg Strasbourg
1–2 November 2014 The Assembly of Animals The Egg Bath
28 October 2014 The Assembly of Animals STUK Leuven
12 October 2014 The Assembly of Animals Cambridge Junction Cambridge
27–28 September 2014 The Telescope Terni Festival Terni
6–14 September 2014 The most extreme form of knowledge b-side Festival Dorset
24–25 May 2014 The Assembly of Animals Mayfest Bristol
28–29 March 2014 24 Grotesque Manipulations Les Giboulées de la Marionnette Strasbourg
24–25 March 2014 The Telescope Les Giboulées de la Marionnette Strasbourg
31 October 2013 Subliming Furiously Chisenhale Dance Space London
30 October 2013 The Telescope Manchester Science Museum Manchester
6 March 2013 The Telescope Toynbee Studios
16 January 2013 Subliming Furiously Chisenhale Dance Space London
10 January 2013 The Telescope Camberwell College of Arts London
2 December 2012 The Telescope Whitechapel Gallery, Zilkha Auditorium London
26–28 October 2012 When I first observed the planet it blushed St Pauls House Project Space London
22–23 September 2012 24 Grotesque Manipulations TJP Strasbourg Strasbourg
8 September 2012 The Telescope Whitstable Biennale Whitstable
21 March 2011 Tim Spooner Demonstrates 24 Grotesque Manipulations Toynbee Studios
The Voice of Nature by Tim Spooner. Photo by Benoit Schupp

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