Tate Modern Special event

Wolfgang Tillmans: South Tank

Wolfgang Tillmans, South Tank Light Test 2017. Courtesy Wolfgang Tillmans Studio

Wolfgang Tillmans, South Tank Light Test 2017. Courtesy Wolfgang Tillmans Studio

Wolfgang Tillmans takes over the Tanks

Wolfgang Tillmans will transform the iconic former oil tank into an experimental space where light, music, field recordings of the outside world and the artist’s video films are brought together in one immersive experience. Designed to complement Tillmans’s solo exhibition on level 3 of Tate Modern, which focuses on his expanded practice, this installation will draw on his past and recent exploration of music and sound. Throughout the duration of the installation, there will be free scheduled live events by Tillmans, his collaborators, and artists that he admires.

With South Tank, Tillmans has set out to create a slowly evolving installation, which can be entered at any point in time or visited repeatedly, and which presents an insight into his admiration of music and acknowledgement of its importance in his life. After a long pause – since the late 1980s – Tillmans has taken up producing music again only in the last two years. Here, he presents his music and videos in combination with an edit of his audio field recordings made over the course of the past decade, creating a unique experience of sound and visuals in the vast expanse of Tate Modern’s south Tank.

Lights and light sources are another central part of the project. These two subjects have often featured in Tillmans’s photography and videos, be it the Martin RoboScans seen in the image Lights / Body 2002 (exhibited at Tate Britain in 2003), or the array of fairy lights in his photograph wake 2001, depicting the aftermath of a studio party. Here, they form a prominent part of the south Tank installation. 

Just as Tillmans renewed his interest in music as a means of expressing his ideas, he has at the same time become conscious of the importance of collaboration, which he sees as a major driving force behind his artistic practice.

Wolfgang Tillmans: South Tank is the result and celebration of work with numerous artists including Tillmans’s ongoing musical partners Tim Knapp, Jay Pluck and Juan Pablo Echeverri, LA-based Wreck & Reference, London’s Throwing Shade as well as Othon, Lori E. Allen, and Cologne’s Thomas Brinkmann.

Wolfgang Tillmans, South Tank Light Test 2017. Courtesy Wolfgang Tillmans Studio

Wolfgang Tillmans, South Tank Light Test 2017. Courtesy Wolfgang Tillmans Studio

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Programme of Live Events

Friday 3 March 2017, 20.00 – 22.00 

FRAGILE: Wolfgang Tillmans, Kyle Combs, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Tim Knapp, Jay Pluck and Tom Roach

Sunday 5 March 2017, 13.30–16.00 and 16.00–18.30

The 30 tracks that make ‘It’s a Sin’ by Pet Shop Boys

Wednesday 8 March 2017, 20.00 – 23.00

Lori E. Allen with Tears|Ov

Thomas Brinkmann

Friday 10 March 2017, 20.00 – 22.00

Othon featuring Wolfgang Tillmans

Saturday 11 March 2017, 20.00 – 23.00 

Throwing Shade

Wreck & Reference

Please note that this display involves flashing images and strobe lighting.

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3–12 March 2017