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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.


Evening Standard, Londonist, Culture Whisper



“Tells the story of a world in flux…full of energy and humour”

City AM

“The sheer diversity of works and objects on display is dazzling“

New Statesman

★★★★ “Novel and intriguing”


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.


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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.

Installation view of Tatsuo Miyajima, Life Palace (tea room) (c) Stephen Chung.jpg

Installation view of Tatsuo Miyajima, Life Palace (tea room) (c) Stephen Chung
Installation view of Tatsuo Miyajima, Life Palace (tea room)

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.

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard’s Somnoproxy invites guests to close their eyes for a futuristic storytelling experience in an immersive private auditorium complete with Dream Machine.

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 and Surya Mattu'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.

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, Garnet Hertz, 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.

Visitor Information

As a guide we recommend allowing 1.5 hours – 2 hours in the exhibition. Please be aware that if you book the 19.00 session Wednesday to Friday the exhibition will close at 20.00, if you book the 17.00 session Saturday to Tuesday the exhibition will close at 18.00. 

If possible please avoid bringing large bags or rucksacks with you as we do not have a cloakroom onsite. Rucksacks will not be permitted to be carried on your back and must be handheld to avoid damage to artworks.

To experience Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard's Somnoproxy, on arrival please speak to a member of the Visitor Experience team to sign up for this experience. Please note there are a limited numbers of places and during peak times we can become fully booked. Please also note this artwork contains flashing lights. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to a member of staff.

Groups of Young People
For groups of ten and over, tickets are £3.00 per young person aged 13-18 and one free group leader ticket is allocated for every ten students. For allocated time slots please see the Learning Enquiry Form.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Published to accompany the exhibition, featuring new essays by celebrated novelist and artist Douglas Coupland; art critic and essayist Jonathan Crary; architecture and media theorist Malcolm McCullough; philosopher of technology Dominic Smith, with a foreword from exhibition curators Sarah Cook and Jonathan Reekie. Also included are excerpts from key texts that address the tangled relationship between technology and time by Matthew Fuller, Esther Leslie, Sukhdev Sandhu, and Sarah Sharma. Illustrations of works from the exhibition are presented along with short interviews with artists from Somerset House Studios.

This product is also available in the 24/7 exhibition shop.

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.

Saastamoinen Foundation