Watch Tate’s interactive film – Tate Modern and Africa Express present Terry Riley’s In C Mali

Tate unveils its first fully-interactive documentary film today, created in collaboration with global music collective Africa Express and digital arts website The Space.

In C Mali marks the fiftieth anniversary of composer Terry Riley’s world-renowned composition In C. In this exclusive interactive feature, classical conductor André de Ridder reimagines Riley’s famous piece with help from members of Africa Express, including innovative African artists Bijou and Adama Koita and Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

Terry Riley’s original composition is often dubbed the precursor to minimalist music, because of its repetition of phrases and gradual construction of harmonies through improvisation around set themes. ‘It evolved at the same time, the concept of Minimalism in music as well as art. Both [are] about reduction and seeing what that leaves to the imagination of the viewer and in this case, the performer, as well as the audience,’ explains de Ridder.

Filmed in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, the 40-minute long feature shows de Ridder and Albarn with an extensive African orchestra that includes balafons, koras, ngoni, kalimbas, talking drum, calabash, sabar drums, alongside guitar, bass, violin, delta harp and beats by Mouse on Mars. The footage of the live performance is intercut with interactive options that allow the viewer to immerse themselves in an ode to Minimalism.

Choose to sit within the band or take a tour of iconic minimalist art works currently on display at Tate Modern, which include pieces by Donald Judd, Josef Albers and Frank Stella.

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  • Donald Judd Untitled 1972
    Donald Judd
    Untitled 1972
  • Donald Judd Untitled 1990
    Donald Judd
    Untitled 1990

  • Sergio de Camargo, 'Large Split Relief No.34/4/74' 1964-5
    Sergio de Camargo
    Large Split Relief No.34/4/74 1964-5
    Relief of limewood and paint on plywood support
    object: 2153 x 921 x 273 mm
    Purchased 1965© The estate of Sergio de Camargo
  • Josef Albers, 'Study for Homage to the Square: Beaming' 1963
    Josef Albers
    Study for Homage to the Square: Beaming 1963
    Oil on plastic and board
    support: 762 x 762 mm
    frame: 780 x 780 x 30 mm
    Presented by Mrs Anni Albers, the artist's widow and the Josef Albers Foundation 1978© The Joseph and Annie Albers Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London, 2006
  • Josef Albers, 'Study for Homage to the Square: Departing in Yellow' 1964
    Josef Albers
    Study for Homage to the Square: Departing in Yellow 1964
    Oil on board
    support: 762 x 762 mm
    frame: 780 x 780 x 30 mm
    Purchased 1965© The Joseph and Annie Albers Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London, 2006
  • Kim Lim, 'Intervals II' 1973
    Kim Lim
    Intervals II 1973
    Wood
    Purchased 1975© The estate of Kim Lim
  • Larry Bell, 'Untitled' 1967
    Larry Bell
    Untitled 1967
    Metal and glass
    object: 362 x 362 x 362 mm
    Purchased 1972© Larry Bell

Tate Media’s Creative Director, Jane Burton, said:

Pioneering minimalist music and iconic minimalist art come together by way of Africa in this interactive film. It’s a mesmerising mix. This is the first time that Tate has created a film that allows viewers to choose different pathways through footage to create their own unique experience. We are delighted to have worked with The Space and Africa Express to reimagine what it is to watch a performance or to explore a gallery.

Tate Modern and Africa Express present Terry Riley’s In C Mali is released online on 28 November at The Space.