You’ll find my music in two Tate Modern projects at the moment. The first is a video for the TateShots series celebrating Damien Hirst. It features his college professor, artist Michael Craig-Martin. It’s fun to hear about Damien’s time at Goldsmiths in London, the very same college I studied composition at.
The other project, Tweet Me Up, is by Tracey Moberly and takes places at the Tate Modern’s Tank space. Tracey is using all sorts of social networking sites and communication tools, including Twitter, Instagram and SMS, to create an evolving digital exhibition. This means images, videos, sounds and words from across the world. If you’re in London on Friday, August 25th, go there to experience the work and listen to Tracey’s artist talk.
London’s Tate Modern is a significant place for me. I was lucky enough to wander in to the Turbine Hall back in 2003 whilst Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project was live. At the far end of the hall, which is a sort of aircraft hanger for art installations, Eliasson had affixed an immense, glowing orange disc. Attached to the ceiling was an equally massive mirror. In the warm glow, people lay down, fidgeted and squirmed as they watched their reflection above, or simply sat in quiet, satisfied meditation.
It was awesome. Not awesome in the surfer dude sense but awesome in the knock-you-to-your-knees, visceral, biblical sense. Staring into the sun, experiencing The Weather Project, really changed my perception of art. I finally understood that art could fundamentally move people. It could shake up the soul, take you by surprise and carve images and thoughts into your mind with a burning permanence.