• Theater

  • Performance


By Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells

Germany | Reino Unido

  • English and Spanish
  • 60 minutes

Warning Este espectáculo está hecho para vivirse de a dos: con un amigue, familiar o con quien quieras. Todas las actividades son en dupla.

Never has a performance needed so few props: a pencil, paper, a pair of headphones and two people ready and willing to get involved.

The term ‘Fuera de escala’ (Not to Scale) refers to a drawing, map or graphic rendering whose proportions bear no relation to the object’s real size. It’s also a synonym for something with no comparison, something unique. That’s what the play Fuera de escala is: an experience in which two participants draw, erase and listen, guided by a 3D (or binaural) soundtrack, drawing them in to create a journey using just a pen and paper. Thanks to this interaction, their drawings soon come to life in a humorous but concerning narrative that is constantly playing on the tension that exists between creation and destruction, life and death and energy and entropy. Things – stories, images, ideas – appear and disappear on the page, transforming this into a chaos of crossing out, superimposed drawings and the rough outlines of landscapes. It’s a handmade world of possibilities.

Cast and crew

Version in English: Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton | Thanks to: Isambard Khroustaliov and Lothar Ohlmeier for the use of samples from their album Nowhere | Producer: Ana Riscado | Translated into Spanish and directed by: Rita Pauls | Edited by: Ant Hampton and Rita Pauls | Voice in Spanish: Vivi Tellas.

©Britt Hatzius

Ant Hampton


Operating instructions

Born in 1975, this British artist lives in Germany. For more than 20 years, he’s explored ways of guiding people through unrehearsed performance-art situations, giving instructions to guest performers or the audience themselves through headphones, something he’s called ‘autoteatro’. Among his works are The Quiet Volume, This is Not My Voice Speaking and The Extra People, all of which are still touring and have been translated into more than 60 languages. His most recent piece involves getting the participants to put themselves in situations that involve a certain degree of risk. He sometimes collaborates with other artists, such as Tim Etchells, Christophe Meierhans, Britt Hatzius, Gert-Jan Stam, Ivana Müller, Anna Rispoli and Rita Pauls.

©Chris Saunders

Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells

Theory and practice

This artist and writer lives in England. He’s the artistic director of renowned group Forced Entertainment and he’s collaborated with a wide range of artists and creators, including Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Marino Formenti, Taus Mahakacheva and Ant Hampton. His book about contemporary performance, Certain Fragments (1999) has become a reference work on the subject. His work in the visual arts has been shown, for example, at the Tate Modern and Bloomberg SPACE in London, at the Site Gallery in Sheffield and at the Turner Contemporary in the United Kingdom. He won the Tate/Live Art Development Agency award in 2008 and the prestigious Spalding Gray award in 2016. Under his leadership, Forced Entertainment won the Ibsen international award in 2016 for their contribution to theater and performance.

"Not to Scale, by Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton, draws two audience members into an intimate act of shared creation”.

The Irish Times

—It’s not just a play to go and watch, a performance for an audience or an immersive installation you can walk through. It can’t be watched but rather has to be carried out. It’s an experience between two people who take part in a guided game using the most basic things to hand: a pencil and an eraser. Neither of them knows beforehand what’s going to happen and no two results are the same. It’s a chance to take part in a performance without getting embarrassed.

—It’s from the duo that created The Quiet Volume, an experience that has the same minimalist character as Not to Scale. It’s Hampton and Etchells’ attempt to demystify the world of professional performance, bringing it down to a user level on an almost intimate scale. It involves solitary experiences (reading in the case of The Quiet…; drawing in this new piece) that aim to become plural.

—As background music, it uses samples from the album Nowhere by Isambard Khroustaliov, from the electronic duo Icarus and Lothar Ohlmeier, a clarinet player with jazz training. Its pieces bring together improvisation and electronic music. The album was originally recorded in 2008 after a residency at the IRCAM Institute in Paris (dedicated to research into acoustics and music), where they worked on a new software to play electronic music with scientific researcher Diemo Schwarz.

Autoteatro: A series of performances guided by Ant Hampton and Silvia Mercuriali under the name Rotozaza, these emerged at the end of the last century, exploring a new type of acting in which the audience performs the piece. The participants receive instructions about what to say or do in audio, visual or written form. The audience is made up of the participants themselves and it functions automatically: there’s no interference from actors or guides.

Performance: An avant-garde art form in which the play’s medium is the artist’s body and the play itself is made up of the actions this carries out, normally combined with multiple other elements such as the visual arts, music, dance and theater. It’s one of the art forms that transformed art in the middle of the twentieth century.

Binaural sound: Recorded using two microphones and a mannequin head, this tries to recreate a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room where the sounds are being produced. It’s not like stereo, which only reproduces sound in a ‘flat’ range from left to right, but also provides depth using surround sound.

—Watch the video of the performance of The Quiet Volume at the Ciudades Paralelas Festival.

—Take a look at the webpages of Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells to get an idea of their work to date.

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