20 Nov, 2013

Coming to our House Warming Party? Add to the playlist

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Adrian Shaw, a programmer of Late at Tate, invites you to celebrate the new Tate Britain at our House Warming Party. Submit your ideas for the playlist and add to those chosen by artists, from Richard Wentworth to Dexter Dalwood

This Saturday, to celebrate the reopening of the gallery, we’re throwing a house warming party and you’re all invited. It’s going to be an evening of full of music, performance, film, talks and special artist commissions. The events lined-up at the party will guide the exploration of the new and renovated spaces at Tate Britain, and of course its unparalleled art collection; newly re-arranged to showcase its full historical range. I’ve invited Toby Kidd, Creative Director of the festival Are We Here?, to pull together a tracklist inspired by the Tate collection to play on the night. In collaboration a few artists, here’s what they came up with. Enjoy!

You can listen to the playlist here with a Spotify account

Hello, I’m Toby, and one of things I do is programme events where artists and musicians collaborate. I’d like to thank all the artists for taking time to contribute to this project. Putting the playlist together with such incredible artists has been personally very rewarding; hearing them make connections between certain artworks and pieces of music has been a revelatory experience. I’ve discovered artworks, artists and pieces of music that I hadn’t seen or heard before, and gained a greater insight into how different artists think. I hope you do too.

One particular highlight was being introduced to Phillip King’s work in Richard Wentworth’s suggestion. King’s work alone blew me away and took me on a voyage of discovery through the Tate collection. I’ve enjoyed seeing how artists have approached the basic concept differently, whether making connections with lyrics, sonic qualities of the music, an overall feel of the music or even the context in which the piece was created. It was also unexpectedly interesting to hear reasons from artists who couldn’t take part. For example, Ai Weiwei told me that he doesn’t make such a strong connection between music and art so he doesn’t often think about music when a sees a work.

I hope you enjoy the selections. I have made a few connections myself after an inspiring trip to Tate Britain last week, and I’ll be putting all these tracks together in a DJ mix for the House Warming Party. Please leave comments below and let me know your thoughts. I’m very interested to hear what you suggest!

Haroon Mirza

When Bridget Riley’s Nataraja painting from 1993 now in the Tate collection was made, interference – or a lack of signal – on TV was in the form of noise. Today, when interference occurs on TV, there is instead distortion of pixels. It’s interesting how different technologies (digital and analogue) from different periods of technological history display different forms of interference and glitching. 

Here is a YouTube video of the song ‘Lola’ by The Kinks from 1970 which glitches and distorts. When it was first aired in the 1970’s on TV it would’ve been on analogue TV, however here is the same video with interference as if presented on a digital TV, where its digital information has been altered creating geometric colour effects. It is formally not too dissimilar to Riley’s painting.

Richard Wentworth

Loudon Wainwright III – The Acid Song (Studio Version), inspired by Tra -a-la by Phillip King

The best visual things demand attention because they do something more than the simply retinal. It’s how things occupy the corridors of the mind and continue to insist on attention, and being attended to. They detain us.





Cory Arcangel

Lucid by Transet, inspired by Figure for Landscape by Barbara Hepworth

I am often in Stavanger, Norway, at Kunsthall Stavanger, the art insitution where my wife is the director. Another edition of this sculpture is outside the kunsthall on the front lawn. So I associate the sculpture with travelling to Norway and listening to music on my Macbook Air. Lucid by Transet is a track that got a lot of airtime at a certain point in my travels.

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