adam j b walker

TOMBOLA! (2017-18)

TOMBOLA!'s first iteration was as a live event at Izolyatsia in Kyiv, Ukraine. Attendees on a a bare soundstage-like set were invited by an unspeaking masked figure to read absurd scripts in their choice of Ukrainian, Russian or English. These were composed from the fortune-cookie-like phrases printed on the back of receipts from a local supermarket chain. Some were time-stamped to be read at a certain time according to a large digital clock display. The scripts employed English language wordplay which often became garbled nonsense when translated back into other languages. Meanwhile catchphrases from nostalgic British TV game shows play, and the masked figure leads increasingly absurd actions.

25 minute 2-screen moving-image

Collaboration with Vicki Thornton

Live performance/event

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Installation at Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Some of the scripts:

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