Tate Modern today announced a new annual commission to support experimental and visionary new work. It will provide a platform for international artists at the cutting-edge of contemporary practice, enabling them to realise innovative and future-facing projects at a critical point in their careers.
Entitled the Infinities Commission, its name reflects the boundless curiosity of contemporary artists, the multiplicity of tools and technologies they use, and the limitless diversity of their approaches. The first commission will open in spring 2025 in The Tanks, Tate Modern’s unique spaces dedicated to performance, film and installation, and will be accessible to the public for free each year.
Catherine Wood, Tate Modern’s Director of Programmes, said: “Artists have always been innovators, taking ideas, materials and technologies in unexpected directions and pushing them to their limits. Today, such artists are working in highly inventive ways, freely crossing a variety of disciplines to create speculative, disruptive, or immersive projects that sit outside conventional artistic categories. The Infinities Commission will give that kind of innovative work a home at Tate Modern and allow a broader public to experience it.”
Each year, an invited panel of experts will select an artist for the commission. The artist will then create a major new work to be unveiled in the Tanks the following spring. In addition, the panel will also select three other artists to receive £10,000 of research and development funding to support the advancement of their work. The commissioned artist and the R&D funding recipients will all discuss their practice at a public ‘show and tell’ event. This event will also explore the latest thinking on contemporary culture, technology and creative innovation through a keynote speech from a prominent specialist in the field.
The first year’s selection panel comprises:
- Brian Eno, musician and artist
- Oulimata Gueye, critic and curator
- Anne Imhof, artist
- Andrea Lissoni, Artistic Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich
- Legacy Russell, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Kitchen in New York
In summer 2024 the panel will select the first artist to be commissioned. The artist’s new work will be unveiled in The Tanks at Tate Modern in spring 2025, coinciding with the first annual event.