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‘Cabin Fever’ at Tate Modern

25 Mar 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Tate Modern



Cabin Fever is a 24-hour audiovisual artwork in development by Esmeralda Conde Ruiz. Composed for an ensemble of voices, domestic sounds and Zoom, Cabin Fever explores the sonic potential of the digital space, creatively playing with the latency and parameters of the technology whilst travelling around the world and featuring singers from over 80 different countries. Through each singer covering their webcam the traditional Zoom screen is transformed into a mosaic of colour. As new singers join the performance the colours shift and change, gradually altering the performance over the course of 24-hours. First conceived in early 2020 lockdown in London, UK, the work takes inspiration from pandemic dreaming to create a new sonic landscape.

The event will be part of Tate Modern Lates, an “after hours” event at the prestigious museum envisioned as a mix of art, music, film, conversation and food to explore the subversive world of surrealism. read the full programme below:

This event will be followed by an Overnight event until 3am, and a Surrealist Morning Session from 7am.

This line-up is in celebration of the exhibition Surrealism Beyond Borders.

Music: Celeste – Turbine Hall, Level 0

This month, celebrating the new Surrealism Beyond Borders exhibition, our guest music curator will be multi-Award-Winning artist Celeste. She will be programming music in Tate’s iconic Turbine Hall and joining us for a very special live performance.

Celeste’s performance will be livestreamed from her YouTube channel – details to follow.

Drinks & Music: DJ Sets – Terrace Bar, Blavatnik Building, Level 1

Enjoy drinks alongside DJ sets from Erica Mckoy and Haseeb Iqbal.

Digital Display: Cabin Fever – Various screens on Blavatnik Building, Level 1, Natalie Bell Building, Level 1 and Natalie Bell Building, Level 4

As you journey through the gallery explore Cabin Fever, an audiovisual artwork from Esmeralda Conde Ruiz. Composed for an ensemble of voices, domestic sounds and zoom, this sharing of Cabin Fever features singers from ten countries as they document dreams and transform their screens into a mosaic of colours.

Workshop: surrealist Sketching with Originary Arts – Blavatnik Building, Level 2

Originary Arts invites you to indulge your imagination and interpret dreamlike scenes featuring a life model through sketching. Play the ‘exquisite corpse’ collaborative drawing game, used by Surrealist artists to inspire ideas.

Digital Display: #EverydaySurreal – Blavatnik Building, Level 4

We invited you to submit your responses to #EverydaySurreal. Drop by to see the results of our open call.

Art Chats – Blavatnik Building, Level 6

A series of short talks exploring dreams, tarot and the unconscious.

  • Women in surrealism with Katy Hessel and Carine Harmand – 18.45–19.15

Hear from Katy Hessel, art historian and founder of @thegreatwomenartists, in conversation with Tate Modern’s Carine Harmand, assistant curator of Surrealism Beyond Borders. Discover the lasting impact of surrealist women artists.

  • Tarot with Suhaiyla Shakuwra – 19.30–20.00

Join Tarot practitioner Suhaiyla Shakuwra as she discusses how to read Tarot cards and how their visual language can help open a space for reflection.

  • Wtichcraft Today with Gemma Rolls.Bentley and Jessie Makinson – 20.15–20.45

Gemma Rolls-Bentley, Chief Curator at Avant Arte and Coven member of #SistersoftheSanitaryCloth chats with visual artist Jessie Makinson about witchcraft and its connection to their creative practice.

  • Lucid Dreaming wwith Dave Green and tree Carr 21.00–21.30 

Discover how artists use lucid dreaming with Dave Green and Tree Carr, and find out how you can use this unique process to explore various aspects of your dreaming mind.

Film Screening: Sarah Maldoror – Starr Cinema, Natalie Bell Building, Level 1


A poet, theatre-maker, and filmmaker, Sarah Maldoror was a crucial figure in the development of Pan-African, Lusophone, and revolutionary cinema, best known in film circles for her ground-breaking Sambizanga (1972). Catch a specially curated selection of Maldoror’s films, introduced by Annouchka de Andrade, independent curator, and daughter of Sarah Maldoror and Mario de Andrade.

*Please note this requires a free ticket, available to collect from the Starr Cinema on a first-come, first-served basis from 18.45

Sound experience: Öyvind Fahlström – Starr Cinema, Natalie Bell Building, Level 1


Complete your evening with the surrealist sound work by Öyvind Fahlström, Fåglar i Sverige (Birds in Sweden) 1963. A sound collage deriving from Fahlström’s automatist poetry experiments with a Swedish surrealist group. It features his own language, ‘Fåglo,’ invented from obsessively categorised phonetic transcriptions of birdcalls. Originally made to be broadcasted on the radio at night in the 1960s, experience this singular work in the intimacy of the Starr cinema.

*Please note this requires a free ticket, available to collect from the Starr Cinema on a first-come, first-served basis from 20.15

Workshop: Dream Mapping – Natalie Bell Building, Level 4

Dreams are a crucial tool for surrealist artists, enabling them to peer into their unconscious minds. Join U:STUDIO to manifest and draw your dreams as we map our collective unconscious.

10 minute Talks – Various times, throughout the building
Staff and volunteers from across Tate share their personal insights into works from the collection.


25 Mar
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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