On Saturday 21 July from 6pm-11pm, Whitechapel Gallery presents a free night of performance, video, sculpture and sound in the heart of the East End called Nocturnal Creatures.
In partnership with Broadgate and in association with Sculpture In The City, late into the night cultural and historic venues close to Whitechapel Gallery will be transformed by spectacular artworks and performances. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of London’s art, history and creative culture.
Plan your Nocturnal Creatures tour
Tom Lock, Broadgate
Multimedia artist Tom Lock will transform one of Broadgate’s iconic buildings with his monumental audio-visual work Within (2018). Bespoke, organic visuals move across multiple projection screens to a soundtrack of live experimental music from Rudi Schmidt. Song and spoken word from Manuela Barczewski add further layers to create an environment that merges the sinister and the playful, the melancholic to the euphoric.
The work is inspired by the legendary writer Octavia E Butler’s sci-fi novel, Lilith's Brood (1987), which poses an ethical question voiced by aliens: in the face of the human race’s impending self-destruction, is hybridity the means of survival? The performance will create a space to consider how we relate to one another within London’s rigid urban spaces.
Alexis Teplin, Whitechapel Gallery
Artist Alexis Teplin will present hourly performances of the Arch (The Politics of Fragmentation) (2016) in the Whitechapel Gallery’s main exhibition space. This is a mesmerising work performed by three actors in three acts.
Teplin, a painter whose practice extends beyond the limits of the frame, situates the action in front of her large-scale painting. Referencing Indian street theatre, Sixties Hollywood and the traditions of Russian abstract theatre, the actors recite scripts composed of Teplin’s own writings, interwoven with fragments collected from an eclectic array of sources including news reports and the works of Doris Lessing.
Other events at Whitechapel Gallery
Hourly performances of Andrea Luka-Zimmerman’s series of readings from 1968.
Sculpture In The City, across the City of London
Nocturnal Creatures takes place in association with Sculpture In The City, London’s annual art programme which places 18 works from internationally renowned artists among City Of London architectural landmarks with expert tours from participating artists.
This year, the project welcomes works by established artists such as Marina Abramovic, Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin and Sean Scully alongside emerging names including Shaun C Badham (I’M STAYING is a neon work situated in the Leadenhall Market) and Amanda Lwin, who presents A Worldwide Web Of Somewheres, a textile map of the City of London.
Amanda Lwin, Shaun C Badham, Jyll Bradley and more will be leading tours drawing on their experiences of the area and explore how current and social issues are linked to the works on display and how they’re inspired by their locality.
Larry Achiampong, The White Chapel Building
British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong will present a multimedia experience bringing together performance and film accompanied by an intense, beat-driven live soundtrack.
Walkative, City of London
Artist Jaspar Joseph-Lester and writer Simon King will lead a semi-fictionalised walk from Walkative which looks for elements of Los Angeles in the East End. It’s a research project that explores how walking can trigger the processes of making, thinking and researching.
Sculpture In The City x Musicity, various locations
Supported by Brookfield, Musicity sites range from Principal Place in the north to Aldgate Tower close the Whitechapel Gallery and will include new site-specific work by Sarathy Korwar, Midori Komachi, Bambooman and Angèle David-Guillou. The music mix will range from modern classical and electronic to 1980s-inspired electro-pop and globally inspired soundscapes. Created in response to the area’s landmarks and historic venues, they link music and architecture and provide a new way of seeing and hearing the area.
Rachel Pimm, Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Operating on this site since the 1740s, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry was responsible for the creation of some of the world’s most famous bells including Big Ben and the original Liberty Bell. An installation by Rachel Pimm invites visitors to explore the behind-the-scenes of this incredible space for the first time.
Plantón Móvil, City of London
An international schools project, Plantón Móvil, with Peruvian artist Lucia Monge, this is ‘walking forest’ of plants and people moving together giving shrubs, flowers and trees the opportunity to ‘walk’ down the streets and claim their place in our public space.
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
(nearest Underground stations: Aldgate East, Liverpool Street, Tower Gateway)
Credits: (Main picture) Tom Lock Within 2017 (detail) Four screen HD video and surround sound installation, 07:00 min Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery, 2017 Courtesy of the artist and Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea; Alexis Teplin The Politics of Fragmentation 2016 Oil & pigment on linen, metis linen, velvet and canvas 284 × 426 cm Installation view: Arch (The Politics of Fragmentation), 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2016 Courtesy of the artist and Mary Mary, Glasgow; Larry Achiampong Relic 1 2017 Single channel 4k video with stereo sound, 14:12 min Digital film still Courtesy of the artist; Rachel Pimm Hardcore Deposition 2017 Billboard print 178 × 270 cm Courtesy of the artist