Chicago Cultural Center & MCA present: Tim Etchells/Forced Entertainment & Institute of Failure

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Broken Red Balloon Dog

Co-presented with DCASE at the Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Tue Feb 23. @ 6:30pm

!!!!! All Forced Entertainment projects will be presented at the MCA with the exception of Institute of Failure: Co-presented with DCASE, which will be at the Chicago Cultural Center. !!!!


Tim Etchells Artist Talk: Thurs Feb. 18 at 163 E. Pearson (inside the Water Works building along Michigan Ave.)
Co-Presented with League of Chicago Theatres

About Institute of Failure

Using an online platform, Chicago based Goulish, and Etchells, have collaborated together in uniting the digital world and performance. Existing as a website and through occasional live presentations, the institute is a think-tank preoccupied with questions: What is failure and what are its uses? How and why and when can we say something failed? This cross-disciplinary project brings together artists and writers from various fields outside of art in order to come together as a people to discuss our failures and possible solutions.

This performance is part of OnEdge presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, a series that spotlights experimental dance, theater and genre-defying performances from national and international artists and companies.


About Forced Entertainment

For over 30 years Forced Entertainment has made formative works of theater, performances, installations and other media expressions that search for identity in a fractured uncertain world. Based in Sheffield, England and acclaimed internationally as one of the most important devised theater companies in the world, Forced Entertainment is a group of six artists who make theater and performance works, as well as installations, site-specific pieces, books, web projects and more. Their artistic director Tim Etchells writes for and with the performance collective, and for his own print and online projects. and makes text-driven visual art.

Describing their work, they state, “We started working together in 1984; in the many projects we’ve created since then we’ve made lists, played games, spoken gibberish, stayed silent, made a mess, dressed up, stripped down, confessed to it all, performed magic tricks, told jokes, clowned around, played dead, got drunk, told stories and performed for six, twelve and even 24 hours at a stretch. We’ve worked on texts, we’ve danced and moved, we’ve fixed things meticulously, we’ve improvised. We’ve made serious work that turned out to be comical, and comical work that turned out to be deadly serious, digging deep into theatre and performance, thinking about what those things might be for us and what kinds of dialogue they can open with contemporary audiences.”

Inspired by their broad-ranging and memorable inquiries, this February MCA Chicago presents a special focus on the works of Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment. Over the course of two concentrated weeks, MCA presents two theater pieces, two durational performances, a web project, visual artworks and more.


Broken Red Balloon Dog takes its title from a shattered Jeff Koons sculpture. It presents monologues in adoxography, the art of praising worthless things, written by Tim Etchells, Matthew Goulish, and invited Chicago writers whose texts will be performed by members of Forced Entertainment whom they do not know, but who share (or almost share) the same first name – a series of blind dates:
Blair Bogin writing for Claire Marshall
Robin Deacon writing for Robin Arthur
Catherine Eves writing for Cathy Naden
Tim Kinsella writing for Tim Etchells
Richard Lowdon performing a text by Richard Powers

Image credit: Photo credits (for all photos): Hugo Glendinning

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