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Home Made Tasers (2011)

(Marvin Gaye) Monster Chetwynd

performative sculpture

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

Home Made Tasers (2011)

© Monster Chetwynd. Courtesy the Artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London.



Performance, Sculpture


Digital video, 16mm film


Presented by the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society, 2014

Ownership history:

Purchased from Sadie Coles HQ, London by the Contemporary Art Society with the Art Fund's Testing Media initiative, 2014; presented to Leicester Museum and Art Gallery (New Walk Museum), 2014
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's performances and videos harness elements of folk plays, street spectacles, literature and multiple other genres. They generally employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. Through improvisatory, irreverent and carnivalesque dramas, Chetwynd’s work traverses a panoramic range of subjects.

Acquired through Testing Media, a scheme designed in association with the Art Fund to support the acquisition of significant contemporary works presenting particular challenges around display and conservation, Chetwynd’s Brainbug is a large-scale performative sculpture. Based on the leader of a bug colony in Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers (1997), the tent-sized Brainbug is animated in ‘low energy’ by a few performers on the inside to make it look alive, and by a full dance, with costume dancers, for the performance Home Made Tasers.

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