Death Makes Angels of Us All


Why do we tell stories? What makes a good one?

Death Makes Angels of Us All brought together three video works by German artist Clemens Wilhelm who undertook a three-month residency in Helmsdale that took as its starting point the legacy of Joseph Beuys, following the ARTIST ROOMS exhibition of Beuys’ work at Timespan during summer 2015. The exhibition touched on the stories we create about ourselves and about others, and the reasons we might tell them.


Opening: 16 September 2015, 6pm. All welcome, refreshments served
Exhibition continues: 17 September – 11 October 2015

Having travelled from Berlin to Helmsdale, Clemens had now been working at Timespan for a little over a month and the exhibition offered an opportunity for us to share some of his earlier work as well as tracing links between the work of Beuys, whose influence on contemporary practice is often referenced, and an artist working today.

On the 24 October, we look forward to sharing a further work by Clemens, The Road to Venice, with a special screening event with live musical soundtrack composed and performed by Norwegian artist Joakim Blattmann.

We hosted an iteration of Greener on the Other Side on the 17 October, a travelling video art festival initiated by Clemens Wilhelm in 2011. Previously screening in Reykjavik, Helsinki, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Prague, amongst others, we were are pleased to be able to add Helmsdale to this list.

Clemens’ residency was supported by ARTIST ROOMS as part of the activity programmed in conjunction with the ARTIST ROOMS: Joseph Beuys exhibition at Timespan in summer 2015. ARTIST ROOMS is an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund.


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