An installation of digital images on screens
Tate Modern

Charles Atlas and Shunk-Kender Archive

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Find out how artists have collaborated to transform performance into different art forms

This room brings together work relating to live actions performed in the 1960s and 70s.

Joints 4tet Ensemble 1971–2010 is the result of a collaboration between three radically experimental North American artists, crossing the fields of film (Charles Atlas), dance (Merce Cunningham) and music (John Cage).  Close-ups of choreographer Cunningham’s joints – ankles, knees, elbows and wrists – shot in 1971 are shown across ten screens, accompanied by an ambient soundtrack by Cage. The screens, arranged like a crowd of people, form a kind of electronic sculpture. There are four different films in the installation, shown out of synch across the screens, along with four soundtracks of ambient noise recorded by Cage while travelling with Cunningham, his partner. These give the work its title, 4tet referring to the four players in a classical music quartet. 

Photographers Harry Shunk and János Kender (known collectively as Shunk-Kender) worked together between 1957 and 1973, capturing art, artists and art world gatherings across the globe. They often collaborated so closely with artists that their images go beyond documentation, participating in the artwork as well as recording it. The photographs on display were taken in 1971 and document the collaborative project Pier 18. Commissioned by artist, curator and critic Willoughby Sharp, the project involved twenty-seven artists creating work on an abandoned pier in the Hudson River in New York City. Included here are contributions from American artists Gordon Matta-Clark and Robert Morris

Curated by Catherine Wood, Valentina Ravaglia and Sarah Allen

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Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG
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Charles Atlas Joints 4tet Ensemble

1971–2010
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János Kender, Harry Shunk Pier 18: Robert Morris New York

1971
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János Kender, Harry Shunk Pier 18: Robert Morris New York

1971
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János Kender, Harry Shunk Pier 18, Gordan Matta-Clark, New York

1971

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