rinse: late @ tate britain reviewed
Rinse FM took over the Tate Britain on Friday to celebrate their 20th anniversary in style.
Rinse FM took over the Tate Britain on Friday 5th. i-D covered what the night had to offer here, but on arrival it was clear what the main attractions were. The room was lit in red, blue and green; evidence of last week's Turner Prize. This offset projections by Eva Papamargariti, Claudia Maté, Daniel Swan, Katie Torn and Jack Addis and Vince McKelvie alongside a selection of sculptures by Phillip King.
To the credit of Tate's curator Clarrie Wallis, Kings pieces interacted so effectively with the digital work that they could easily have been envisioned as a combined installation. It was an otherworldly, mesmerisingly repetitive and, at times, unnerving collection of computerised artworks: the weirdest being the giant baby by Claudia Maté which danced seductively over and over again. Koreless and SOPHIE performed at the end of the room between the great pillars which give the Duveens its imperious atmosphere, while Eva Papamargariti's artwork was projected onto the DJ's so that while they played we were navigated through a digital galaxy of multi-coloured rock formations floating past explosions.
The gentle ambiance of Koreless set a very different scene to the last Tate's Late party vibe. Not to say there were no shenanigans. The fashion panel in the 1840's Gallery experienced some un-programmed fun as a girl stole a panellist's seat and started shouting incoherently at the crowd. After Koreless, things picked up with SOPHIE, pioneering the PC Music genre. It sounded like old fashioned dial up and really grated on the eardrums, but the general consensus is that SOPHIE's noise becomes pretty addictive after a couple of listens. The event ended on a positive high as many of the crowd sat on Tate Britain's front steps making plans for where to head next.
Text Lily Bonesso