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Philippe Parreno Turbine Hall Commission Unveiled At Tate Modern

03-10-2016
 
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Philippe Parreno, a French artist who works across film, video, sound, sculpture, performance and information technology had his Tate Turbine Hall commission unveiled this morning.

The work titled 'Anywhen' consists of an elaborate arrangement of hydraulic panels which rise and lower from the ceiling along with helium filled fish which swim around the hall like a giant aquarium. The installation is accompanied by a soundtrack which ranges from the sound of heavy rain to children playing and ominous music when the ceiling is falling.

This immersive work is well worth a visit it was especially effective with the shafts of light pouring in from the windows giving it a cathedral-like appearance.

Anywhen presents itself as an instrument which performs a series of functions and constructs a series of situations. The hall’s lights are controlled and activated according to different sequences. An additional moving light casts shadows throughout the hall and a large central ‘marquee’ – a canopy covered in lights – is suspended over the Level 1 bridge. A changing soundscape is broadcast from various sources, blurring the sense of inside and outside, public and private, natural and technological. Vertical and horizontal acoustic panels, a screen, a grid of speakers and a projector come together in different configurations, and from time to time they present a film featuring a stage ventriloquist and underwater creatures.

Following the opening of the new Tate Modern this summer, Anywhen is the first commission to respond to the Turbine Hall’s new position at the center of the museum, an open space connected to the city itself and free for the public to enter from many different levels and directions. As if on a walk through an urban park, visitors to Anywhen encounter events, movements, and images that appear and disappear over time.

Anywhen is conceived in dialogue with other visual artists and practitioners. A moving light entitled Another Day With Another Sun, incorporated into the commission, is a work made in collaboration between Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno. Tino Seghal and Isabel Lewis worked with Parreno on the dramaturgy. The sound has been designed by Nicolas Becker with Cengiz Hartlap, while actress, comedian, and ventriloquist Nina Conti features in the film. During the six months from October 2016 to April 2017, the sequence of events will continue to evolve into a pattern, informed by micro-organisms that will learn to react to and activate elements of the commission through a bio-reactor designed by Jean-Baptiste Boulé and Nicolas Desprat. Some other collaborators may also contribute to the evolving nature of the commission.

A key artist of his generation, Parreno explores the borders between reality and fiction and is known for investigating and redefining the gallery-going experience. Parreno sees his exhibitions as choreographed spaces that follow a score, during which a series of different events unfold. By creating kaleidoscopic environments, he treats exhibitions as one coherent whole rather than a series of objects within a space.Prepare to have your senses activated and stimulated by a spectacular choreography of acoustics, lighting, flying objects and film, each connected to the other and playing their part in a far bigger score. Tate’s Turbine Hall becomes a universe of inter-related and connected events and parallel realities. 

Philippe Parreno is a French avant-garde artist who came to prominence in the 1990s and is perhaps most widely known for his feature film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. Parreno works across film, video, sound, sculpture, performance and information technology and collaborates extensively with musicians, scientists, architects, and writers. Cutting-edge musicians Factory Floor and the award-winning sound designer Nicolas Becker are just some of the many collaborators involved in this year’s commission.

Hyundai Commission is a series of site-specific installations by contemporary artists in Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall. It is made possible by a unique long-term partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor.

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Having collaborated with many visual artists as well as musicians, architects, scientists and writers, Parreno continues the tradition of the avant-garde artist engaged with many cultural disciplines. Recently he presented a vast installation H{N)Y P N(Y}OSIS at Park Avenue Armory, New York (2015), which fused film, light, sound and performance to create a dramatic sensory journey. At the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2013 he was the first artist to occupy the entirety of the gallery’s expanded space of 22,000 square meters.

The Hyundai Commission is a series of site-specific installations by contemporary artists in Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall. It is made possible by a unique long-term partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor, confirmed until 2025 as part of the longest initial commitment from a corporate sponsor in Tate’s history.

Photos: P C Robinson © Artlyst 2016


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