Tim Shaw Newsletter, October 2015
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Artist in Resident at Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” - Bonn, Germany

2015 has proved to be an interesting and busy year to date. In mid-April, I commenced a one year fellowship in Bonn, Germany, at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”. The residency has led to a new work entitled The Birth of Breakdown Clown, an innovative project that integrates sculpture with robotics and artificial intelligence. Breakdown Clown is an imaginary androgynous figure that plays a powerful role in an imagined society similar to that of a priest, shaman or therapist. The sculpture explores the human condition not only in relation to moral conflicts facing the world today, but also reflects on issues of the individual voice against the powers of law and governance. Through its use of robotics, the project examines the digital age, reflecting upon how quickly we have become reliant on digital technology and how this has evolved our behaviour and perception of reality.

Käte Hamburger Centre

JUNE 2015

A reworked version of 'Man on Fire’ was exhibited at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, winning The Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture. 


 The F.E. McWilliam Gallery will be hosting my first major public exhibition in Northern Ireland, opening Thursday 29th October. On display will be the new immersive installation entitled: Mother, the Air is Blue, the Air is Dangerous. The work is shaped around early years growing up in Belfast, where bomb attacks were a repeated occurrence. In particular, this sculptural installation is shaped by 'Bloody Friday’ (21 July 1972), a day in which nineteen IRA bombs were detonated in Belfast’s city centre, creating mayhem. The experience of the bomb impact, frozen in time in this immersive installation, becomes more widely an emblematic symbol of religious ideological conflict prevalent throughout the world today, and their effects on innocent civilians caught up in the conflicts.
The Northern Irish sculptor F.E. McWilliam was an early influence, especially his Woman in Bomb Blast series, which will be displayed alongside Tank on Fire and a small version of Man on FireMother, The Air is Blue, The Air is Dangerous was originally produced at Kappatos Athens Art Residency, Kappatos Gallery in November 2014. This exhibition at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery will be the first time that the installation will be shown in Ireland or the UK. 
F.E. McWilliam Gallery
Coinciding with the opening, I am proud to announce the launch of a publication which covers a career spanning twenty five years. Published by Sansom & Company, the book includes an introduction by Craig Ashley (Exhibitions Director of MAC Birmingham), an interview between Indra Khanna (independent curator) and myself, two essays by Mark Hudson (The Telegraph’s chief art critic) and Don Jordan (co-author of White Cargo and The King’s Revenge and film documentary producer of World in Action). Further launch dates in London, Cornwall and Germany to be announced.
Sansom & Company
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