Tate Exchange

Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate

Between 9-11 December 2016, over 2,000 people visited Emergent Landscapes at Tate Exchange in Tate Modern.

Visitors collaborated in building a cairn painted with organic materials, shaped a collective soundscape based on visitor reflections woven with field recordings and convolution reverbs from in and around Tate, and mapped the sonic traces of the space using active listening and sound drawing.

Over the three days, the Tate Exchange space was filled with people, movement and activity, against the backdrop of tape loops slowly falling apart and resonating throughout the installation space, and a ‘slow film’ loop of cairns of the north of England, interspersed with altered Super 8 film bursts, each treated with lichen ‘spot test‘ chemicals or left out in cairns to organically ‘develop’ over months.

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The installation was ably supported and developed in Tate Exchange by Edinburgh-based artist Jake Bee. Jake is primarily a painter, but also regularly works with sound, public and environmental art. You can find out more about his excellent work here.

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The resulting cairn and soundscape (dubbed on 1/4 tape and encased in the structure) were transported to the Hooke Park woodland run by the Architectural Association in Dorset.

Information on the cairn’s development, and how you can visit it, can be found here.

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Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
Emergent Landscapes by Rob St John photographed by Kathrin Werner
Image: Kathrin Werner | Tate
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Image: Rory Sheridan | Tate

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