The Light Switch app, which is based on the artwork from Shrigley's animation of the same name, currently on show at the Hayward Gallery, allows users to interact by tapping their phone screen to turn the switch on and off. The game is a test of endurance. If the users have the patience they will be rewarded!
The Light Switch app, which was created by design agency Ten4, is available on both android and iPhone, and can be downloaded from here
It is inspired by David Shrigleys animation Light Switch (2007), which alludes to the Turner Prize-winning Work No. 227: The lights going on and off by conceptual artist Martin Creed.
David Shrigley is best known for his pared down drawings and animations that make witty and wry observations on a range of familiar social subjects and everyday situations. David Shrigley: Brain Activity is the first major survey in the UK of works by David Shrigley. Spanning the upper galleries, the show covers the full range of Shrigleys diverse practice from the past two decades of the artists career, including drawing, animation, painting, photography, taxidermy and sculpture. The exhibition features some 240 works, the majority of which are new or never before shown in the UK.
Coinciding with the exhibition, Southbank Centre will present the London premiere of Pass the Spoon (5 & 6 May 2012, 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall), a sort-of opera by David Shrigley, composer David Fennessy and director Nicholas Bone, featuring singing vegetables, a giant butcher, an ambitious banana and a panic-stricken pair of celebrity chefs. Separate press release available on request.
David Shrigley (b.1968) lives and works in Glasgow. He has had solo exhibitions at international venues including UCLA Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, Kunsthaus Zurich, Malmo Konsthall, Museum Ludwig, Camden Arts Centre and the CCA Glasgow. His work was featured weekly in The Guardian from 2005 to 2009 and he has had a number of books of his work published, most recently the retrospective What the Hell Are You Doing?:The Essential David Shrigley. He collaborated with animator Chris Shepherd on the film Who I am and What I Want in 2005. Worried Noodles, a CD released in 2007, features settings of the lyrics from his book Worried Noodles the Empty Sleeve by artists as diverse as David Byrne, Franz Ferdinand and TV on the Radio.