Tate Modern Performance

Throwing Shade, Wreck & Reference

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

Join us for live music, film and performance in the final part of Tillmans’s South Tank series

The final night of Wolfgang Tillman’s South Tank installation features a live performance by Throwing Shade. This will be followed by Wreck and Reference who will deconstruct their live gigs by embracing performance and experimentation, accompanied with visuals created by the band

Throwing Shade. Photo by Miya Shen

Throwing Shade. Photo by Miya Shen

Throwing Shade aka Nabihah Iqbal (b.1987, London), is a rising producer and NTS Radio host whose latest House of Silk EP was released via Ninja Tune in 2016. Having debuted on Kassem Mosse’s Ominira imprint and followed suit with releases for No Pain In Pop (Patten, Grimes, Forest Swords) and Happy Skull, Throwing Shade continues her patchwork of peripheral pop.

In November 2014, Throwing Shade was commissioned by the Tate to compose a piece of music for the Turner Prize, and has since performed live in both the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art. As well as working on her own productions, she has also recently completed composing a film soundtrack for an independent Belgian film. Throwing Shade also presents a bi-weekly show on NTS Radio, where she shares weird and wonderful music from around the world, with the aim of playing listeners tunes they won’t have heard before.

Wreck and Reference. Photo by Clarice De Veyra

Wreck and Reference. Photo by Clarice De Veyra

Wreck & Reference are an experimental noise project from California, formed in 2011 by Felix Skinner and Ignat Frege. Drawing upon the blown-out intensity of black metal and noise rock, they eschew traditional guitar-centric instrumentation to construct songs with digital samples, drums, and voice.

The band’s latest album, Indifferent Rivers Romance End (The Flenser, 2016), represents an evolution of both sound and theme. Departing from the lo-fi ruminations on determinism that defined their early work, IRRE explores the possibility of change, even the necessity of it, when the self faces the inevitability of continued life amidst the construction and destruction of relationships. IRRE interrogates the endurance of purpose, love, and change, against the backdrop of disillusionment draining into nihilism. The cover depicts a statue of Heraclitus, the tearful Ancient Greek herald of change, tied to a brick and drowned in a river of liquor and dirt.

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

Tate Modern

The Tanks

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Date & Time

11 March 2017 at 20.00–23.00