Philippe Parreno: ‘It’s a half-mechanic, half-organic machine’

The Anywhen installation brought video screens, bacteria and floating fish to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

In October 2016, Philippe Parreno transformed Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall into an immersive experience, challenging visitors' perception of time and space with his Anywhen installation. Anywhen was a site-specific exhibition that changed throughout the day and that would evolve during the six-month period of the commission, until 2 April 2017.

Visitors would have their senses activated and stimulated by a spectacular choreography of acoustics, sound lighting, flying objects and film, each connected to the other, and playing their part in a far bigger score. Tate’s Turbine Hall became a universe of inter-related and connected events and parallel realities. Events would unfold anywhen.

Philippe Parreno is a French avant-garde artist who came to prominence in the 1990s and is perhaps most widely known for his feature film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. Parreno works across film, video, sound, sculpture, performance and information technology and collaborates extensively with musicians, scientists, architects and writers. Cutting-edge musicians Factory Floor and the award-winning sound designer Nicolas Becker are just some of the many collaborators involved in the commission.