"Anywhen is astonishing, mesmerising, magnificent and unmissable. It is filled with constant surprise" The Guardian
For the 2016 Turbine Hall programme – a series of site-specific works created by renowned international artists – Tate Modern commissioned French artist and film-maker Philippe Parreno to produce a new exhibition entitled Anywhen.
The commission, curated by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern with Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, transforms the Turbine Hall into an experience that plays with time and space, guiding the public through constantly changing stages of moving elements.
Anywhen presents itself as an instrument which performs a series of functions and constructs a series of situations. The Hall’s existing lights are controlled and activated, whilst an additional moving light casts dramatic shadows over the entire installation, and a large central pulsating ‘marquee’ – a canopy covered in lights – is suspended.
Sound is broadcast from various sources around the building, blurring the sense of inside and outside, public and private, natural and technological changing the sound scape. Vertical and horizontal acoustic panels, a film screen, a grid of speakers and a projector comes together in different configurations, feeling more like a living-theatre, attested by the hoards of visitors gathered beneath to immerse themselves.
As if on a walk through an urban park, visitors to Anywhen encounter events, movements and images that appear and disappear over time. During the six month presentation, the sequence of events will continue to evolve into a pattern, informed by micro-organisms that will learn to react to and activate elements of the commission through a bio-reactor.
Characteristic of Philippe’s practise, Anywhen is conceived in dialogue with other visual artists, sound designers and scientists such as Liam Gillick, Tino Seghal, Nicolas Becker and ventriloquist Nina Conti.
A key artist of his generation, Philippe Parreno’s works have often explored the borders between reality and fiction, the experience of time and the ritual form of the exhibition. Pollyanna worked with Parreno Atelier, Philippe’s studio, and Tate Modern’s curatorial and project management team to support the delivery of this ambitious commission.