Tate Modern / 20th January 2007 - 7pm www.tank.tv / 15th January - 28th February 2007
This show presents moving images by artists whose practice reflects a vision of tomorrow. The structures and systems of reality are examined to reveal glimpses into what we call 'the future'.
This ineffable and intangible concept, that constantly haunts the present, here provokes a wealth of musings and imaginings.
In 'Bruxelles 4023', Mathieu Delvaux & Xavier van Huffel perform street interviews to ask the public what they think Brussels might be like in 4023. The answers, as varied as the people themselves, reveal the concept of the future as a screen for hopes, fears and fantasy. A starting point into an exploration of tomorrow…
Challenging, doubt-inducing and transformative aspects of 'the future' can be perceived in Vito Acconci's repetitive acts, recorded in a super8 film 'Break-Through' or in Philippe Meste's detonative video 'LHRB'.
Rachel Reupke's 'Infrastructure' is born of a fascination with movie special effects and narrative devices. And Carsten Höller's 'One minute of doubt' and 'Punktefilm' induct a representation of our 'timeless everyday', and magically echo the playful nature of his present turbine hall installation.
Laurent Montaron shows us a fictive exploration of time and travel through his `Readings', while Matthieu Laurette's impressive cocktail of celebrity lookalikes brings us into confusion at a blured vision of the limits between performance and observation.
Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi's star, in 'When I wish Upon a Star' gives us time we need to wish upon…
Artists include: Erwin Wurm, Haris Epaminonda, Xavier Veilhan, Carsten Höller, Philippe Meste, Susanne Bürner, Laurent Montaron, Chris Cornish, Mathieu Delvaux & Xavier Van Huffel, Bernard Gigounon, Matthieu Laurette, Rachel Reupke, John Latham, Vito Acconci and Mai Yamashita & Naoto Kobayashi.
Artist Mathieu Delvaux, Matthieu Laurette and Susanne Bürner with musician Steve Trafford (ex member of the Fall / member of Tycoons Follies), will be present at the Tate Modern screening to introduce their work.
"I am Future Melancholic" is at Tate Modern at 7pm on Saturday 20 January 2007 (www.tate.org.uk) and online on www.tank.tv from 15 January to 28 February 2007
Curated by Anne-Sophie Dinant and Laure Prouvost for tank.tv.