Mabel releases video project to celebrate new Tate Modern

17th June 2016

Talented artist and songwriter Mabel, has been commissioned by the Tate Moden to create a video project to mark the opening of the new building.

The video is directed by choreographer Holly Blakey, and the song is an original composition for the project created by Mabel specifically for this collaboration.

The colourful, psychedelic patterns produced by light displays such as Metzger's became icons of London's cultural scene in the 1960's, as musicians in particular sought to create total sensory environments for the appreciation of their work.

Mabel celebrate new Tate Modern
Mabel celebrate new Tate Modern

Metzger's own liquid crystal projections found wider fame in 1966 when they were displayed during a performance of the bands Cream, The Move and The Who at the Roundhouse in London.

Mabel explains: “It was fun working on this project with Holly and Tate. As a kid I adored music videos with choreography. Destiny's Child routines were often rehearsed with my sister and then we forced our family to watch multiple performances.

“I wanted to try to do an up-to-date version of that, using Metzger's Liquid Crystal Environment and the incredible Tate Modern building as our setting.”

The new Tate Modern opened its doors to the public today and will no doubt be swarming with visitors. Created by world-leading architects Herzog & de Meuron, it will be the most important new cultural building to open in the UK for almost twenty years. Tate and architects Herzog & de Meuron are working with designer Jasper Morrison and landscape architect Günther Vogt, reuniting the team who developed the original Tate Modern.

Liquid Crystal Environment 1965, remade 2005 Gustav Metzger born 1926 Purchased 2006 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12160
Liquid Crystal Environment 1965, remade 2005 Gustav Metzger born 1926 Purchased 2006

Liquid Crystal Environment is made using heat-sensitive liquid crystals that are placed between glass slides and inserted into projectors. The slides are rotated to create movement within the liquid, and as the crystals are heated and cooled they change colour. The patterns produced within the various slides are then simultaneously projected onto screens around the exhibiting space, all under the control of a computer program.

The new Tate Modern will be unveiled with a complete re-hang, bringing together much-loved works from the collection with new acquisitions made for the nation since Tate Modern first opened in 2000. With sixty percent more display space, the world's most popular gallery of modern art will now feature over 250 artists from around fifty countries from São Paulo to Tokyo as well as the traditional centres of Berlin, Paris, London and New York. 

Watch the Mabel x Tate Modern video here:

 
Words by Sophie Exton

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