Hyperlink Festival at Tate Modern

Rankin, It’s Nice That, rapper Sway, and artist Susan Stockwell may seem unlikely bedfellows but Tate Modern’s latest offering, Hyperlink, has them all on the same bill.

Sail Away, by Susan Stockwell

Source: Susan Stockwell

Sail Away, by Susan Stockwell

Hyperlink is a three day arts festival for 15 to 25 year olds and will be hosted in The Tanks and Turbine Hall from 26 – 28 April. Based on the theme of ‘six degrees of separation’, it has been curated by a planning committee of young creatives from Tate Collective London, Tate’s youth network.

A relaxed affair, it will be free to all visitors and they are welcome to ‘pop by for five minutes, stay for a few hours or for both days’, says Tate.

It’s Nice That will be holding a two day graphics and zine-making workshop. Inspired by the Roy Lichtenstein and Ellen Gallagher exhibitions currently running at the Tate Modern, the workshop will look closely at the idea of mass production and its value.

Sail Away, by Susan Stockwell

Source: Susan Stockwell

Sail Away, by Susan Stockwell

Alongside the workshops British artist Susan Stockwell will be filling the Turbine hall with a flotilla of paper boats made from folded tickets and maps. She says, ‘I have been making hundreds of boats in preparation for the installation, but people will be invited to make their own and add to the snaking flotilla.’

Some of the boats in the Sail Away installation will be made out of defunct paper money the artist has bought on eBay. Stockwell says, ‘We all handle money, it goes through thousands of people’s hands, so it’s definitely a good representation of the six degrees of separation theme.’

Rankin will hold photography workshops based on his previous Destroy project that will give its participants the opportunity to experience what happens in a fashion photo shoot.

Tate Collective with Jeremy Deller and Jane Hamlym
Tate Collective with Jeremy Deller and Jane Hamlym

Other acts confirmed for the festival are rapper Akala, spoken-word performance artist George the Poet and Lady Leshurr. 

The festival is part of Circuit, a UK-wide youth network for the visual arts, sponsored by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Hyperlink runs from 26-28 April at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1. For more information visit: www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tanks-tate-modern/eventseries/hyperlink.

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