Free Tate Britain Exhibition

Tate Britain Commission Heather Phillipson RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach

This exhibition is included in the Tate Britain Collection route

a fire canister floats in a pink cloudy sky

Image courtesy of the artist

Heather Phillipson engulfs Tate Britain’s grand central galleries with colour, sound and motion

In her words, she is proposing the spaces as a sequence of ‘charged ecosystems, maladaptive seasons and unearthed lifeforms’.

She reimagines the galleries as alive, and happening in a parallel time-zone. Mutant creatures, built from technological remains, populate the space.

Described by Phillipson as a ‘pre-post-historic environment’, the work and its title evoke an abundance of sensations and associations that resist coherence. The artist says she is attempting to ‘cultivate strangeness, and its potential to generate ecstatic experience’.

Phillipson’s work often involves collisions of wildly different imagery, materials and media.

Through multiple, unexpected combinations, she conjures absurd and complex systems. Here, salvaged machines, colossal papier-mâché sculptures and hand-painted scenes are layered with digital video and sound. Mountains of salt, bisected aircraft fuel tanks, mobile gas canisters, rotating anchors and shapeshifting roof vents are doused with tinted light. Everything is remixed and redeployed.

Phillipson’s multimedia projects include video, sculpture, installation, music, poetry and digital media. She describes her works as ‘quantum thought experiments’. They often carry an underlying sense of threat – a suggestion that, in the artist’s words, ‘received ideas, images and the systems that underpin them may be on the verge of collapse’.

Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson: Rupture No.1: blowtorching the bitten peach © Tate photography (Oliver Cowling)

Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson: Rupture No.1: blowtorching the bitten peach © Tate photography (Oliver Cowling)

Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson: Rupture No.1: blowtorching the bitten peach © Tate photography (Oliver Cowling)

Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson: Rupture No.1: blowtorching the bitten peach © Tate photography (Oliver Cowling)

Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson is supported by AGC Equity Partners, with additional support from the Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson Supporters Circle and construction support from Unusual Rigging Ltd.

This is an immersive installation which includes sudden loud noises. Ear defenders can be borrowed from the Ticket desks.

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Tate Britain's Manton Entrance is on Atterbury Street. It has automatic sliding doors and there is a ramp down to the entrance with central handrails.

This exhibition is on the main level. There is a lift on the lower floor.

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Tate Britain

Duveen Galleries

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

Dates

23 March 2021 – 23 January 2022

  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • All visitors including Members need to book a ticket

Pricing

Free with ticket

This exhibition is included in the Tate Britain Collection ticket.

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Please note that this is an immersive installation which includes sudden loud noises.

Supported by

With additional support from

The Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson Supporters Circle

Alexandra Howell

and construction support from Unusual Rigging