The electronic duo on their collab with visual artist Adham Faramawy.
Tonight, Uniqlo is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its hugely popular Tate Late programme (Happy Birthday bbs!). The monthly events at Tate Modern are an exciting chance for Londoners to experience the gallery after hours, hear DJs and live musicians selected by NTS Radio, as well as listen to pop-up talks and participate in hands on workshops. What more could you want, eh?
In celebration of the anniversary, October’s event is gonna be a special one. The London Contemporary Orchestra are performing live with musician CHAINES, and there’s a DJ set from Tasker in the Tanks. Also on the programme of events is Danish collective SUPERFLEX, whose short films will be screened for free in the Starr Cinema, and visitors can take part in activities such as a digital call-out hosted by Reggie Yates, a new staging of Yoko Ono’s iconic Mend Piece, and create DIY prints with Juneau Projects. Phew!
Electronic duo and all round mega babes Mount Kimbie will also be performing on the night. Soundtracking the evening, the pair created a score for their collaboration with visual artist Adham Faramawy, whose accompanying visuals feature the performance of bone breaker Kaner Flex. The mesmerising piece is the perfect celebration of the marrying of art and music, certainly appropriate for tonight’s event.
We caught up with Kai from Mount Kimbie to find out even more…
Tell us about how the collaboration came about.
Me and Adham met and spoke a bit about our work and what we were doing creatively at the moment. Adham mentioned he was interested in shooting Kaner and we watched some footage which was the start of the process really. It was back and forth from there, I had made a few audio sketches which we talked about and after a little feedback from Adham, I used his work and Kaner’s Instagram as the main inspiration. I sent Adham a skeleton version of the track which he used when shooting and then I took from what he’d done to finish.
What is your personal connection to the marrying of music and art? Producing a very experimental sound, is visual image something you often consider or imagine when making music?
All artistic pursuits have so much in common that it’s not difficult to draw parallels. There’s an element of architecture in the way that I see a piece of music developing and sometimes it feels three dimensional.
In the video, bone breaker Kaner Flex seems to be in his own bubble of sound. What inspired you about his work?
I loved watching Kaner’s work and trying to see his world. There is something transcendent and really positive about the way he has pushed his body and some of his photographs are really beautiful studies of the human body. Having spoken with Adham, I wanted to focus on rhythm to support his ideas really.
What can we expect from your performance at the upcoming Tate Late?
We’re just about to start a tour so we’re playing lots of new music and everyone is very excited to be out sharing it with people. It’s a fairly unique venue and should look amazing.