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Exhibition
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24/7

A wake-up call for our non-stop world

31 Oct 2019 – 23 Feb 2020
£14.00 / £11.00 concessions
Under 12s free

Telephone bookings 0333 320 2836

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00, Wed-Fri 11.00-20.00

(last entry 1 hour prior to closing)

Embankment Galleries
South Wing

An essential exhibition for today, exploring the non-stop nature of modern life.

Many of us feel we’re working more intensively, juggling too many things, blurring our public and private lives, pushing the limits of our natural rhythms of sleep and waking.

24/7 takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey from the cold light of the moon to the fading warmth of sunset through five themed zones and contains over 50 multi-disciplinary works that will provoke and entertain.

Contributors include Douglas Coupland, Mat Collishaw, Harun Farocki, Pierre Huyghe, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Kelly Richardson, Kateřina Šedá, Pilvi Takala, Addie Wagenknecht, and ten artists and designers from Somerset House Studios, including Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

With every moment seemingly an opportunity to connect and work, unrelenting pressure to produce and consume, sleep itself monitored and commodified, how we cope is one of the most urgent contemporary issues affecting us all.

Inspired by Jonathan Crary’s book of the same name, and curated by Sarah Cook, 24/7 holds up a mirror to our always-on culture and invites you to step outside of your day-to-day routine to engage, reflect and reset. 

Installations include:

Tatsuo Miyajima’s meditative isolation chamber Life Palace (tea room), in which individuals can climb inside, shut the door and bathe in the blue glow of LED countdowns

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’s new immersive orchestration of a machine generated dawn chorus, highlighting the impact of 24/7 urban lifestyles on bird populations

Daily tous les jours’ I heard there was a secret chord, where visitors can unite with listeners around the world to hum the chorus of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at the end of the exhibition.

Other exhibition highlights include Nastja Säde Rönkkö’s project 6 months without, in which she spent 6 months living and working from Somerset House Studios without the internet; Roman Signer’s Bett, where the artist attempts to sleep with a drone helicopter hovering above his head; Thomson & Craighead’s Beacon, a railway flap sign continuously relaying live web searches as they are being made around the world; Tega Brain’s unfit bits, where the artist fools fitness tracking tools into thinking she is taking exercise, and Alan Warburton’s series of 3D-scanned self-portraits depicting his worktime naps in a visual effects studio in Beijing.

VIEW THE FULL ARTIST LIST

Adam Chodzko, Addie Wagenknecht, Alan Warburton, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Alice Vandeleur-Boorer, Benjamin Grosser, Biome Collective & Joseph DeLappe, Cassie McQuater, Catherine Richards, Daily tous les jours, Daniel Eatock, Douglas Coupland, Ed Fornieles, Erica Scourti, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Étienne Jules Marey, Harun Farocki, Hasan Elahi, Heath Bunting, Humans since 1982, Hyphen-Labs, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Inés Cámara Leret, John Butler, John Gerrard, JooYoun Paek, Joseph Wright of Derby, Julia Varela, Kateřina Šedá, Katie Paterson, Kelly Richardson, Kimchi & Chips, Lawrence Lek, Liam Young, Marcus Coates, Mark Thomas, Mat Collishaw, Michel Mandiberg, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, NONE Collective, Pierre Huyghe, Pilvi Takala, Roman Signer, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Sam Meech, Susan Hiller, Tatsuo Miyajima, Ted Hunt, Tega Brain and Surya Mattu, Tekja, Thomson & Craighead, Tyler Coburn, UBERMORGEN, Viktor IV.

Header image courtesy of Douglas Coupland, Slogans for the 21st Century, and Heidi Coppock-Beard, via Getty Images

24/7 is supported by world renowned lighting company Signify and will include new work commissioned as a partnership between Somerset House and design hub A/D/O by MINI. Daily Tous Les Jours’ I Heard There Was A Secret Chord is supported by the Québec Government Office, London. Canadian artists exhibiting in 24/7 have been supported by Canada House. Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker is generously supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

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