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The Birth of Breakdown Clown - by Tim Shaw

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Published on Aug 29, 2017

The Birth of Breakdown Clown - by Tim Shaw
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Art Meets Artificial Intelligence - in the Realm of the Normative

With his current work “Breakdown Clown”, British artist Tim Shaw has created an imaginary figure that plays a powerful role in an imagined society similar to that of a priest, shaman or therapist. The innovative project “The Birth of Breakdown Clown” is the culmination of a one- year process as Artist in Residence at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture". For the first time, Shaw unites sculpture, artificial intelligence and robotics in his work. With the interactive project, he seeks to cast a critical view on the digital age and demonstrate how quickly we have become reliant on technology and how this has evolved our behavior and perception of reality. Talks with the “Breakdown Clown” are intended to explore the human condition not only in relation to moral conflicts facing the world today, but also in reflecting on issues of the individual voice against the powers of law and governance.

(It is our pleasure to invite you to the presentation of the project “The Birth of Breakdown Clown” on Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture". Attendees will have the opportunity to cast a glance into the artist’s studio and enter into a discussion with “Breakdown Clown”. This premiere will be accompanied by Anne-Marie Bonnet, Werner Gephart, Dieter Ronte, Michael Sandle and Tim Shaw as speakers.)


Curriculum Vitae

Tim Shaw, born 1964 in Belfast, is a sculptor and contemporary visual artist. He studied first at Manchester Polytechnic and then at Falmouth School of Art, where he received a first class BA (Hons) Fine Art degree. He has had a number of significant solo shows throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally. Most recently the major public solo exhibition “Black Smoke Rising”, toured to mac Birmingham and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. During 2014, his work featured in “Reflections of War” at Flowers Gallery in London, and “Back from the Front presents: Shock and Awe – Contemporary Artists at War and Peace” at the Royal West of England Academy. Tim Shaw has undertaken a number of public commissions including “The Rites of Dionysos” for the Eden Project, “The Minotaur” for The Royal Opera House and “The Drummer” in Truro City Centre. A more political side to his work became evident in a number of sculptures responding to issues such as terrorism and the war in Iraq such as “Tank on Fire”, awarded the selectors’ choice Threadneedle prize in 2008, and the installation “Casting a Dark Democracy”. Tim Shaw has been supported by the Kappatos Gallery in Athens, The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, The British School of Athens and The Delfina Studio Trust through residencies in Greece and Spain, and a Fellowship in London. In 2013, he was elected to the Royal Academy and was elected a Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors and a Fellow of Falmouth University. Tim Shaw is currently active as Artist in Residence at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” where he is receiving the Georg Simmel Artist Stipend for his work on the topic “The Birth of Breakdown Clown”.

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