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Francis Alÿs

(Belgium, Mexico 1959 – )

Railings

Location
Not on display
Further information

This video work shows the artist walking the streets of London, trailing a wooden drumstick along a series of metal railings, making a percussive, sometimes bell-like noise. The camera follows behind, focusing on the stick as it hits the railings. Occasionally it cuts to wide-angle shots, capturing the awkward and strangely humorous presence of other people. The work is a playful example of one of Alÿs’s ‘interventions’ in a city.

Year
2004
Media
Time-based media, Video
Medium
3 single-channel videos, colour, stereo sound, 6:30 min
Signature & date
Signed Certificate of authenticity, black ink "FAlÿs".
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2010.138
Copyright
© Francis Alÿs. Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich