Conceived for, and performing a central role within Thomsen’s recent exhibition Standard Count at the gallery in Athens, There is no future f o r s u r e (2019) and We have gone full circle and are now back at full bling (2019) are two audio loops. Each pulsating, breathing, gasping; they deliver a language that is numerical, consensual to a body measuring its own demise against the upkeep of officious norms. The loops are carried by a rudimentary portable-speaker, installed in immediate proximity to a power source.
Jesper List Thomsen (b.1978, Denmark) is a writer and an artist based in Athens and London. Recent exhibitions and performances include Standard Count, Hot Wheels Athens; FROM TACITURN TO BUFF, Parrhesiades/ South London Gallery, London; BASE BASE etc., Hot Wheels Projects, Athens; A Talk in Two Parts with Painting, Grüner Salon, Volksbühne, Berlin; BASE BASE, Gasworks, London; A table made again for the first time, Bureau des Réalités, Brussels; A Social Body Event, Serpentine Gallery, London; Hollis and Money, ICA, London/ Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart; Hand and Mind, Grand Union, Birmingham; The boys the girls and the political, Lisson Gallery, London. A book-length collection of his texts was published by Juan de la Cosa/ John of the Thing, Mexico City/ London in 2018. A new book will be published in Autumn 2020 by L’Esprit de l’Escalier, London/Helsinki.