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.
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.