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Kvadrat Soft Cells x Parreno at Tate Modern

This October, Tate Modern unveils a mercurial work of sound and light by acclaimed artist Philippe Parreno: Anywhen.

This October, Tate Modern unveils a mercurial work of sound and light by acclaimed artist Philippe Parreno: Anywhen.

In close collaboration with Kvadrat Soft Cells, Parreno has devised a highly specialised moving installation of 19 acoustic screens that will descend from above throughout the day, creating intimate surroundings in the vast space of the Turbine Hall. To meet the criteria required by the commission, the design of the Soft Cells panels had to be re-engineered to create three 16 x 2.5 metre Soft Cells panels, which were specially developed and built on site.

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Anywhen presents itself as an instrument that performs a series of functions, constructing 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 centre 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.

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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. Other collaborators may also contribute to the evolving nature of the commission.

A key artist of his generation, Philippe Parreno’s works have often explored the borders between reality and fiction; the experience of time and the ritual form of the exhibition. Parreno lives and works in Paris, and is represented in several major museum collections.

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Anywhen
4th October 2016 – 2nd April 2017

Turbine Hall
Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG