UNTITLED (IT'S ALMOST A ONE-LINER)
Untitled (It’s almost a one-liner) is a multi-media installation created by Shlomi Greenspan and Sarah Beck. It is an exploration of signifiers of a comedy club—an artwork disguised as a set that includes a stage, a mic, cocktail tables. This set leaves its viewers in a state of ambiguity, questioning whether a performance is about to begin. Waiting for a punch line is, in fact, the punch line of the work.
On the spotlit stage, a microphone stands by a stool, on which sits an answering machine. Mounted on the brick wall is a tongue-in-cheek neon sign. After a brief period of silence, the answering machine begins to play a series messages. In Untitled (Itʼs almost a one-liner) comedic material becomes the material of the artwork. The installation cultivates expectations and then subverts them.
Untitled (Itʼs almost a one-liner) has been showcased in Toronto (Nuit Blanche), Hamilton (Supercrawl), Ottawa (Nuit Blanche), Sydney (Lumière) and Lunenberg.
Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine has published an insightful article by Paul Rocca about Untitled (It’s almost a one-liner). Read it here.