Tate Modern Performance

BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights Night Three

​Phill Niblock, Cross Country (Environments II) 1970, film still. Courtesy the artist

​Phill Niblock Cross Country (Environments II) 1970, film still. Courtesy the artist

Experience a performance by a pioneer of experimental film and sound 


Permanent Installation, South Terrace: Fujiko Nakaya, London Fog with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani 
18.10 East Tank: CAMP Four-Letter Film
Until 18.30 Tanks foyer and East Tank: Isabel Lewis Occasion
18.30 South Tank: Phill Niblock 100 Mile Radius (Environment III) and T H I R (aka Ten Hundred Inch Radii) (Environments IV

​The third night of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition is dedicated to a special live performance by pioneering artist and musician Phill Niblock, who was pivotal in defining the intermedia approach of the 1960s and 70s.

Niblock presents the last two works in his Environments series, ground-breaking experiments shown in New York City between 1968 and 1972 that combine multi-screen film projection, 35mm colour slides, and dance with original sound. The film materials have been reworked in the intervening years, migrating to video and digital media and will be premiered with new sound compositions played live. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Niblock’s revolutionary experiments in the immersive presentation of film, music and dance.

About the artist

Phill Niblock (b. 1933, USA) is an artist whose fifty-year career spans minimalist and experimental music, film and photography. Since 1985, he has served as director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation for avant-garde music based in New York with a branch in Ghent, and curator of the foundation’s record label XI. Known for his thick, loud drones of music, Niblock’s signature sound is filled with microtones of instrumental timbres that generate many other tones in the performance space. In 2013, his diverse artistic career was the subject of a retrospective realised in partnership between Circuit (Contemporary Art Centre Lausanne) and Musée de l’Elysée. The following year Niblock was honoured with the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award.

Tate Modern

The Tanks

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

26 March 2017 at 18.30–21.00

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