Ed Atkins

Ed Atkins: Flat meat cake

Year: 2018
Location: Toilets of McDonald’s at 48 Leicester Square, London
Duration: 19 min

Please note this work contains strong language.

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An intimate, culinary, eschatological slice of memoir, told to you as if you should remember it – an emergence from the psychedelia that precedes abandon and follows loss. Narrated in the artist’s own voice, flat meat cake pulsates with greed, and grief, and the obsessive precision of the genius and the insane.

Voice: Ed Atkins

Ed Atkins is an artist who makes videos, writes and draws, developing a complex and deeply figured discourse around definition, wherein the impossibilities for sufficient representations of the physical, specifically corporeal, world — from computer generated imagery to bathetic poetry — are hysterically rehearsed. Solo presentations include Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; MMK Frankfurt; DHC/ART, Montréal (all 2017); Castello di Rivoli, Turin; The Kitchen, New York (both 2016); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015) and The Serpentine Gallery, London (2014). An anthology of his texts, “A Primer for Cadavers”, was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2016, and an extensive artist’s monograph from Skira was published in 2017. Atkins lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.

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