Aldo Tambellini, Retracing Black, installation 2012 in the Tanks, Tate Modern
Aldo Tambellini, Retracing Black, installation 2012 in the Tanks, Tate Modern


Playing in the Shadows – Part 1: Welcome and Introduction

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows, with a welcome and introduction by Stuart Comer

Responding to the subterranean darkness of the Tanks and the pioneering experiments in projection and action included in the Tanks’ opening programme, this symposium examines how artists and filmmakers have critically occupied the spaces between light and darkness, image and action. The symposium highlights a new generation of scholars whose work explores expanded media and intersections between art, film and the live event.

Playing in the Shadows – Part 2: Lucy Reynolds Free Agent: Filmaktion’s Radical Spectatorship

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows, with Lucy Reynolds Free Agent: Filmaktion’s Radical Spectatorship

Playing in the Shadows – Part 3: Lars Bang Larsen, Good Shit

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows, with Lars Bang Larsen, Good Shit

Playing in the Shadows – Part 4: Question and Answer

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows and is a Q&A chaired by Stuart Comer

Playing in the Shadows – Part 5: Duncan White, Black and Light: Observation and Destruction in Post-War Artists’ Film

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows, with Duncan White, Black and Light: Observation and Destruction in Post-War Artists’ Film

Playing in the Shadows – Part 6: Melissa Ragona, Black Abstraction and White Noise

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows, with, Melissa Ragona, Black Abstraction and White Noise: Discursive Sound Objects in the work of Aldo Tambellini, Hollis Frampton and Lis Rhodes

Playing in the Shadows – Part 7: Question and Answer chaired by Gil Leung

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows, with a Q&A chaired by Gil Leung

Playing in the Shadows – Part 8: Keynote: Noam M. Elcott, In Praise of Darkness

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows and is the Keynote: Noam M. Elcott, In Praise of Darkness

Playing in the Shadows – Part 9: Question and Answer chaired by Stuart Comer

This is a video recording of the Tate Modern conference Playing in the Shadows and is the final Q&A chaired by Stuart Comer

Responding to the subterranean darkness of the Tanks and the pioneering experiments in projection and action included in the Tanks’ opening programme, this symposium examines how artists and filmmakers have critically occupied the spaces between light and darkness, image and action. The symposium highlights a new generation of scholars whose work explores expanded media and intersections between art, film and the live event. This is the collection of video recordings of the conference.

The notion of performative projection, from phantasmagorias and shadow plays to expanded cinema and psychedelia, will be investigated through a collection of talks and discussions in the Starr Auditorium, with free screenings and performances in the Tanks highlighting a long tradition of work that animates our primal connection to the play of projected light and shadow. Reconsidering the obscure side of modernism, this symposium moves out of the white cube and into the darkness, the space of projection, and towards artists’ efforts to intervene directly in the apparatus of cinema.

Symposium speakers include Lucy Reynolds, Lars Bang Larsen, Melissa Ragona, Duncan White, Gil Leung and Noam M. Elcott, with related performances by Patrick Staff, Kerry Tribe and Aura Satz happening in the Tanks across Friday 26 October and Saturday 27 October