Sanford Biggers’ speaks at London’s Tate Modern in 2008 about his video Hip Hop Ni Sasagu (In Fond Memory of Hip Hop) that was on view in the exhibition Illuminations at the museum. The video features the artist and friends taking part in an improvised bell-ringing ceremony at a Zen temple in Japan. As Biggers explains, a number of the metal bells used in the video were fabricated from melted-down hip-hop jewelery. He talks to TateShots about making this work, and the connections he sees between the traditions of African-American hip-hop and Buddhism.
Lawrence Weiner on working with words , January 29, 2009.
A New Yorker born and raised, Lawrence Weiner’s mission in life is to get straight to the point. It’s a quality you cannot miss in his artwork, in which big ideas are communicated using the minimum of words. In this TateShots film, Weiner tells us why he’s against Helvetica, and how he came to design his own font. He also shows us around his studio and allows us a sneak preview of projects that are still on the drawing board.
TateShots offers a behind-the-scenes look at Peter Doig’s 2008 London show of more than 50 paintings made since his 2002 move to Trinidad and the time of the Tate Britain survey. Doig walks us through the exhibition and opens a suitcase to share some of his source materials, which expose how the canvases evolve from photographs to prints to paintings. Discussing Man Dressed as Bat, the most current painting in the show, the artist reveals how rain coming into his studio helped create the marks on the canvas and experimentally shaped the final, ephemeral outcome.