Tate Modern Talk

Remaking the world: experiences from design and performance

Marlon Griffith No Black in the Union Jack 2014. As part of BMW Tate Live: Up Hill Down Hall-An Indoor Carnival, Tate Modern Photograph © Tate, 2014 (Photographer: Oliver Cowling)

Marlon Griffith No Black in the Union Jack 2014. As part of BMW Tate Live: Up Hill Down Hall-An Indoor Carnival, Tate Modern
Photograph © Tate, 2014
(Photographer: Oliver Cowling)

Explore how performance can shape the way we live with technology and design

As the BMW Tate Live partnership enters its sixth year, this discussion celebrates the launch of Perform, Experience, Re-Live, a limited edition book and augmented reality app inspired by the BMW Tate Live programme 2012-2015. Exploring both analogue and digital experiences of performance and live art, this event looks at how the fields of design and performance are shaping contemporary identities. 

What does it mean to design embodied experiences? How are performance and design enabling us to explore what we care about? 

Drawing on a wealth of creative histories and new technologies, the fields of contemporary design and performance are creating and testing scenarios that challenge what we know about being human. As reflections of who we are, these experiments are increasingly merging boundaries between the tangible and intangible, transient and permanent, intimate and distant, live and mediated. Design and performance share a focus on how the human subject exists in the world: by re-making ourselves, we re-make the world. 

Speakers include the internationally renowned graphic designer Neville Brody, artist and co-founder of Blast Theory Matt Adams and Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Jen Harvie. The discussion is followed by a drinks reception. Perform, Experience, Re-Live is available at this event for a reduced price.

The Re-Live app, designed by Brody Associates, is only available for a limited time until January 2018. It can be downloaded for free from both iTunes and Google Play stores. 


Matt Adams is an artist and one of the founders of Blast Theory, an adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating ground-breaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. He has taught widely on performance, new media and interdisciplinary practice at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, the Australian Network for Art and Technology and Pace University in New York. He is a Visiting Professor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter.

Neville Brody is acknowledged as a seminal designer specialising in digital design, typography and identity. His insight and passion for pushing creative boundaries informs the work of Brody Associates, the collaborative creative agency he founded. His work over three decades ranges from album sleeves and identities for cultural institutions to corporate work for global businesses. Brody is also Dean of the School of Communication at London’s Royal College of Art. He is a Royal Designer – the UK’s highest design accolade – and past president of Design & Art Direction, which promotes creative excellence. He lectures globally on design and education.

Jen Harvie is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. She is co-editor of the Theatre& series, author of Staging the UK (2005), co-author of The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (2006) and co-editor of Making Contemporary Theatre (2009). Her edited book The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: The Performance Work of Lois Weaver was released in 2015.

This event has been co-curated by Cecilia Wee​.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

27 February 2017 at 18.30–20.45

Event takes place 18.30–20.00, followed by a drinks reception until 20.45

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