Wales, UK / Duration 26m 7s / 2014
Bedwyr Williams is interested in the worst, worst-case scenarios and the people that get caught up in them; average sized people in over-sized situations. Echt, a new commission for the T2 space at Tramway, Glasgow is being re-staged for one night only in Bute Park, Cardiff as part of the festival.
The installation presents a full size diorama of such an encounter in a dark forest clearing. The immersive installation includes a new film depicting a dystopian future in which a fast-track feudal system has left the country divided among new chieftains.
In this new world where status is based on conspicuous consumption, hoarders are kings. They have set up their new courts in former dance halls and clubs, populated by a host of Bedwyr’s acutely observed characters.
Williams’ work includes stand-up comedy, sculpture and painting, posters and photography. He draws on his own experiences and his take on the world is simultaneously satirical and deadly serious. He reveals both his and our own complex neurosis and idiosyncrasies. His installation, text based works and live performances explore subject matter ranging from growing up in Colwyn Bay with size 13 feet, to a mini bus crash with four other artists in residence (in which he is the only survivor). He makes work relevant to a sense of place and belonging but simultaneously refuses to be compromised or pigeon-holed by provincial tastes or stereotypes.