Artists taking part in School of Beginnings have created new work, imagining a future in which Tate Modern has become a data storage centre.
Drop in and join our events taking place throughout the weekend:
- A data conservator will interpret the code of Tate's website through a translation of digital coding into musical notation
- The Gov.UK art-collection will be dissected and performed in sung and spoken live-burst performances.
- Discover Beyond Art Lectures – a 'cultural telemarketing' project with artists from Latin America, that promotes the idea of outsourcing art lectures by taking advantage of unfair labour conditions
- Join the factory line in the continuous over production of boxes, and leave marks on a collaborative drawing möbius strip.
- Take part in a Muster Drill, a mix of yoga and semaphore signals to an invisible audience on the Thames, exploring care and communion.
- Watch a live action role play accompanied by musicians performing their interpretation of symbol-based graphic scores responding to artworks in the permanent collection.
- To close the day on Saturday night, there will be a one off performance of Shears For Tears, unrestrained screamers, mixed into an audio scape, orchestrated by a video-chromatic score.
On display throughout the day:
Tally counter – Nimisha Dhingra's interactive work collecting audience figures that pass through on the weekend.
Beyond Art Lectures – Jose Fernandez Levy's film is a series of outsourced lectures by Latin American artists
One day’s work/wear worn through – Modified used protective work clothing to be worn for the School of Beginnings
Activities Saturday and Sunday:
1pm – 2pm: Factory line box construction and deconstruction with Alex Aldham.
1.30pm: A Ten Minute Talk by Andrew Gallacher at Marcel Duchamp's Fountain.
2pm – 5pm: Collaborative drawing möbius strip with carbon paper led by Moyra Derby.
4pm – 5pm: Muster Drill – take part in a yoga / semaphore activity with Fiona Townend.
4pm – 5pm: Factory line box construction and deconstruction with Alex Aldham.
Performances intermittently throughout the day:
Olu Taiwo dismantles and reassembles VCR tapes.
Data for Data's Sake – Andrew Gallacher sings / reads code from Gov.UK art-collection.
Data conservator Megan Boyle's musical bursts interpreting code from Tate's website set into a musical score.
Saturday and Sunday, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm: Adam James & Claire Orme (larp & symbol scores). Meet in the Tate Exchange space on Level 5 and then exploring the galleries at Tate Modern. TBC
Sunday, 6pm: Shears For Tears – a remixed scream performance by Jose Sanchez Rivas.
Muster Station artists participating in The School of Beginnings:
Andrew Gallacher, Alex Aldham, Nimisha Dhingra, Jose Fernandez Levy, José Macabra , Adam James, Fiona Townend, Claire Orme, Moyra Derby, Megan Boyle, Olu Taiwo, Betzabe Garcia, Emilio Bianchic, Chantal Peñalosa, Cecilia Barreto, Begoña Morales, Andrew Roberts, Pablo Tut
School of Beginnings is supported by The University of Kent School of Music and Fine Art.
This event is programmed by Whitstable Biennale, a Tate Exchange Associate.
About Whitstable Biennale
Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art taking place every two years, with an extensive year-round programme, based on the Kent coast.
Muster Station is an evolving group of artists that emerged as a direct consequence of the closure of their art school. Whitstable Biennale is a Founding Associate of Tate Exchange and Muster Station is our second Tate Exchange project, taking place alongside Spike Island‘s Creative Exchange. Muster Station will also be at Whitstable Biennale in June 2018, dates and details to follow soon.