Tim Spooner

Commissioned by b-side

Tim Spooner makes collections of puppets or performing sculptures that aim to expand an understanding of the physical world by revealing something of its inner life. Propelled by the magic of magnetism, vibrating compositions of living and inanimate matter, sound and electricity, Tim’s performing sculptures appear to exist in parallel universe to our own.

“I am interested in ways we try to explain the world: metaphysics and creation myths. My own approach to the mystery is to experiment with how materials behave, to get a better understanding of them. From these I construct collections of objects which come together into ideas for possible universes.”

For b-side he has created a metaphysical puppet show in two parts, to be presented on two opposite sides of the Island in the most stunning Portland locations at the edges of the land where the sea forms a formidable and breath-taking backdrop to the performance.

“Tim Spooner is unclassifiable. Meticulous in the assembly and construction of his objects, disconcerting in the implementation of his performances, he belongs to those artists freed from any preconceived ideas and expectations. He appears to only follow the logical flow of the material as it transforms, he offers us a unique, strange and powerful universe.”

- Renaud Herbin, Director TJP, Strasbourg

Tim Spooner is an Artsadmin Associate Artist

‘The organisation is the opposite of faceless and because of this, easy human conversations could happen between the festival, audiences and artists about the work and the place.’ Tim Spooner