January 12th, 2016
Explore with Rankin and more at Tate Modern’s Hyperlink festival
Prepare to expand your mind. This weekend the Tate Modern hosts explosive arts, fashion and music event Hyperlink against the inspiring backdrop of The Tanks – last visited by us at LFW, when it was transformed into the Topshop New Gen Showspace. Organised by new youth arts network Circuit, the free, three-day symposium encourages participants to actively explore the notion of six degrees of separation via workshops, installations and performance from a stellar line-up of artists, musicians, photographers, designers.
Top of our list? Fashion design experimentation with the fiendishly fabulous Cassette Playa, zine-making with It’s Nice That and – to top it off – a photography session with none other than Rankin.
In a savvy merger of the physical event and digital, Mandem on the Wall – the comedy trio Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kartier, whose YouTube series has gathered 2.5m hits – to create a viral film to reach out to the Circuit audience and raise the roof. Given the run of the Tate Modern, they happen upon OTM illustrator Margot Bowman, ckOne face Aaron Frewman (well – the 90s is back this season, after all!) and hot designer Fred Butler (whose Easter Bonnet Parade at The Sanderson we hit back in March.) love it. And there’s a second instalment due to be filmed during the event, which runs over April 26-28, so make sure you make it down: you could feature in one of the YouTube phenomenons of 2013.
We say it’s an unmissable feast of innovation and provocation, guaranteed to get budding creative minds whirring. But if you can’t make it down, join the conversation in the digital space. We are all artists (it’s true, w: so tweet or Instagram whatever you deem art – from nails, graffiti and hair to snapshotted moments, knitting and graphics – with the hashtag #hyperlink @TateCollectives before April 30. There’s a prize in it for the Hyperlink team’s favourite six submissions.