This event has now passed, but you can still listen to the playlist on Spotify, including songs 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!
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.
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.
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.
Too Good For You by Meka-Jean, inspired by A Young Lady Aged 21, Possibly Helena Snakenborg, Later Marchioness of Northampton by British School 16th Century
The exact identity of the artist and sitter are not known. I am curious about the speculation of who this young woman could possibly be. Her bling, dress, and posture identify her as being flamboyant, flirty and knowing her power. I often build characters in my work that are anonymous but familiar, that demand a similar type of engagement.
Led Zeppelin, When the Levee Breaks, inspired by Deluge by Winifred Knight
This needs to be played loud!
Tommy Cooper – Don’t Jump Off The Roof, Dad, inspired by Brighton Pierrots by Walter Richard Sickert
Santa Esmeralda, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, inspired by Study for a portrait of Van Gogh by Francis Bacon
Frustration by Lou Reed and Metallica, inspired by The Citizen by Richard Hamilton
Cape Fear by Point Blank, inspired by The History of The World by Jeremy Deller
This was the first track to really get me excited about dance music and Jeremy Deller was the first artist to make me think more broadly about contemporary art. I first heard this at a free party like the ones referenced in his work. A friend and I then cycled ten miles just to get a cassette tape with this tune on it. Jeremy Deller’s work often connects lots of things together for me, including bicycles and dancing in fields.
Violenza Domestica by Mr Bungle, inspired by The Chapman Family Collection by Jake and Dinos Chapman
Art shouldn’t just look beautiful or make you feel good. And music shouldn’t just be easy to listen to or make you dance. There is dark and confrontational theatre in both of these works.
Set Guitars to Kill by And So I Watch You From Afar inspired by The Great Day of His Wrath by John Martin
The cataclysmic schism and fiery religious zeal of this painting make me think of Belfast, the home town of the band And So I Watch You From Afar. They come from a generation that has tried to keep its head above sectarian divisions. You feel an incredible united spirit at their live shows which bring together people from all kinds of backgrounds, religious, musical and otherwise.
Have A Good Time (Monkey Safari Remix), by DJ Roland Clark inspired by Studland Beach by Vanessa Bell
Simple and perfectly balanced compositions about people letting loose.
Dub War by Dance Conspiracy, inspired by Mud Bath by David Bomberg
The early twentieth century galleries at Tate Britain illustrate the variety and innovation that was taking place in British art at this time. Artists were borrowing ideas from one another and blurring the lines between different schools or ‘isms’. This track takes samples from so many different genres of music and illustrates the excitement and musical magpie-like behaviour of producers making electronic music in the early nineties.
Flex by Dizzee Rascal, inspired by English Heritage - Humpty F***ing Dumpty by Bill Woodrow
This is English heritage.
The House warming party is at Tate Britain on Saturday 23 November 2013, 15.00–22.00, admisison free, no ticket required