Tris Vonna-Michell

<> >

2008

Medium
Metal table, reel to reel tape deck, porcelain model, digital prints on paper and audio, stereo
Dimensions
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased using funds provided by the 2008 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2009
Reference
T12878

Display caption

The title of this work, ‘<>>’, refers to the symbols shown on the rewind and fast-forward buttons of a tape recorder. The device on the table plays a recording of a 2008 performance by the artist, recalling a journey taken when he was 17 years old from his hometown of Southend-on-Sea to Yokohama, Japan. This narrative is mixed with references to the room where the performance took place. Digital prints relating to the performance are also presented alongside the tape player and are available for the viewer to browse.

Gallery label, November 2012