THE TIME-TRAVELLING CIRCUS

THE RECENT RETURN OF PABLO FANQUE AND THE ELECTROLIER

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland

23 February – 21 April 2018

An over-written architectural floor plan of the Brotherton Library, Leeds, 2 wall texts and  2 audio tracks including music sampled from Karl Blake of The Shock Headed Peters and from Tom James Parmiter. This new work extends a multi-site project that currently exists as a short story in Essays on Sculpture (Henry Moore Institute, 2017) and a simultaneous intervention at the University of Leeds, Brotherton Library (October 2017 – October 2018).
The cast of characters includes circus proprietor William Darby  aka Pablo Fanque, and his wife Susannah Darby, who returns as the spectacularly adorned but doomed tight-rope walker, the Electrolier. Through a combination of audio recording, text and a vast architectural floor plan, the audience is invited to enter imagined spaces, keeping the characters alive and helping to sustain a volatile understanding of what is present.
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The Time-Travelling Circus: The Recent Return of Pablo Fanque and the Electrolier Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2018 (Photo: Kasia Kaminska)

 

 

 

 

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Detail from Temple Bar Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PABLO FANQUE AND THE ELECTROLIER

Leeds University Brotherton Library

A single copy of the book produced as intervention for the library, sited on the recently returned shelf.

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The Time-Travelling Circus: Pablo Fanque and the Electrolier Leeds University, Brotherton Library, Leeds. Photo credit: Georgia Milton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Printed matter detail from Temple Bar Gallery