Interactive Media

Interactive Media

On the occasion of his latest solo how at Tate Modern, artist Wolfgang Tillmans will transform the gallery’s subterranean South tank – an iconic former oil tank – into a unique, experimental space where sound, music and light interact. From its unveiling on 3 March, this immersive experience will evolve over a period of 10 days, until 12 March. Comprising music, lights, field recordings and video elements activated by free events, South Tank invites audiences to explore both Tillmans’ practice and Tate Modern’s industrial setting throughout it’s installation: they can come and go at any point, meaning that every visitor has an individual and unique encounter with the work.

The selection of recordings, music and videos makes reference to the major Tate Modern exhibition on Level 3. The inclusion of lights and light sources are also essential to the project, and are a common sight in the artist’s photographic works. After a long pause, Tillmans is revisiting music production, and here, he presents his music and videos in combination with an edit of his audio field recordings made over the course of the last 10 years, simulating a unique experience of sound and visuals in a vast expanse.

Highlighting his interest in music and collaboration, South Tank sees him team up with numerous artists and musicians, such as LA based Wreck & Reference, Cologne’s Thomas Brinkmann, London’s Throwing Shade as well as Othon, Lori E. Allen, and Tillmans’s ongoing musical partners Tim Knapp, Jay Pluck and Juan Pablo Echeverri. As part of the project, five live events have been scheduled into the programme. Visitors are welcome to see the installation during gallery opening hours, and collaborative performances will take place from 8pm on 3, 5 8, 10 and 11 March.

Wolfgang Tillmans: South Tank, 3-12 March, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG.

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1. Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 29, 2014. Copyright: the artist.