What happens when you introduce a poet, singer-songwriter, rapper and electronic producer to the Turner Prize 2014?
We, (Tate Collective London) want more young people to see the Turner Prize 2014 exhibition. So, in attempt to bridge the gap between our audience and the art, we invited four relevant DJs, musicians, poets and rappers to each produce an audio track in response to the shortlisted artists: Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell.
Something that Tris Vonna-Michell and rapper Loyle Carner have in common are their intense storytelling qualities. As fans of Loyle Carner’s emotive, organic lyrics, we felt that he could produce something captivating in response to the abundant use of text and narrative in Vonna-Michell’s work. Written to confuse and then enlighten, Loyle Carner’s track, Baby Grey – not dissimilar to Vonna-Michell’s style of performing, skips back and forth through time and personal memories.
When electronic producer Throwing Shade first saw James Richards’ work she was drawn towards his film Rosebud, 2013. Her audio track focuses on two key themes in Richards’ film: censorship and contrast. The track, Touch combines manipulated and warped sounds with self-sampled recordings of nature. It was interesting to see Throwing Shade’s method of making music, using found or sampled material to create a track, which to some extent mirrors Richards’ way of making art.
Singer-songerwriter Shakka immediately connected with Ciara Phillips’ work. The layering and repetition found in the song imitates the floor to ceiling prints plastered on the exhibition walls, and the bright colours of Phillips’ work are reflected through 80s synthesisers in the track. The song’s called GO! which reacts to the motivational OK! print in the show, and Shakka has weaved a little story about it… We say no more!
Poet FLOetic Lara’s track not only responds to Duncan Campbell’s film It For Others, 2013, but also documents her overall experience of visiting the Turner Prize 2014: ‘Why does this art still remain a mystery?’ It For Others explores how exchange and consumption affect the value of an object, and FLOetic Lara’s poem comments ‘Corrupt false systems supporting a capitalistic world, check out my new trainers says a boy to a girl’….
So can music connect an audience to art? We hope so. Now you’ve listened to their responses, come and see the Turner Prize 2014 exhibition for yourself; and don’t forget ticket prices are just £6 for under 25s!
Tate Collective London plan and develop events for other young people, aged 15-25 years old, to create, experiment and engage with the Tate Collection at Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
Tate Collective London is part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.