Elemental Synchronisation

Elemental Synchronisation

The latest Hyundai commission to adorn the interior of Tate’s Turbine Hall is a new site-specific installation by French artist Philippe Parreno. Entitled Anywhen, the exhibition invites audiences to expose their senses to a choreography of acoustics, lighting, objects and film, each synced to work in partnership with the other. Set to evolve throughout its six-month display period, the commission is conceived as an automation which guides the public through a changing play of moving elements, light configurations and sound environments.

The immersive piece responds to the Turbine Hall’s position at the centre of the museum and its position as an open space connected to the city itself. Parreno is also seen experimenting with aspects of chance and control: the sequences and movements featured within the installation are, in fact, triggered by software that is informed by micro-organisms. These react to and activate elements of the commission through a bioreactor visible at the far end of the hall.

Parreno’s installation is joined by a collaborative piece created with Liam Gillick in 2014 entitled Another Day with Another Sun. The exhibition Anywhen has been curated by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), with Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator. The project continues Tate’s ongoing Hyundai Commission series, which sees contemporary artists transform the iconic Turbine Hall through new and innovative artworks. Previous exhibitions include Abraham Cruzvillegas’s Empty Lot from 2015.

Philippe Parreno, Anywhen, until 2 April 2017, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG.

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1. Philippe Parreno, Anywhen. Installation view of Hyundai Commission 2016. Photo credit: Tate Photography.