Preview: Mandem on the Wall Shoot Latest Episode at Tate Modern as Part Of #Hyperlink

In conjunction with the launch of #Hyperlink, a three-day art, music and fashion festival on 26th – 28th April at Tate Modern’s Tanks and Turbine Hall, the gallery invited YouTube stars, Mandem on the Wall, to shoot an exclusive episode of their popular online comedy series within the gallery.

The three day festival, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and aimed at 15 to 25 year olds, will include workshops by visual artists, designers and musicians, with installations and performances.  Highlights include workshops from Cassette Playa, Rankin and It’s Nice That. George The Poetwill bestaging a performance in the Turbine Hall, there will be a virtual universe created by music label Vase, and performances by musicians Akala, Angel and Sway.  Stooki x Stooki Sound will be bringing Trap music to The Tanks with synchronised visuals, and Raw Material will present a fusion of live art, electronic sound, song and spoken word, featuring performers such as Monster Playground, Celloman, FLOetic Lara, Tagz, Potent Whisper & Barka.

Hyperlink is developed and produced by and for young people.  It is the first in a series of national festivals being developed as part of Circuit, a new national youth network for the visual arts that provides opportunities for young people across the UK, particularly those who have the least access to the arts, to participate and shape their own cultural experiences.

Mandem On The Wall, written by central characters Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kartier, and directed by Freddie Osborne, features the three youths and their everyday adventures on their wall.  Having released their first episode in December 2011, they have gone on to release 9 episodes receiving 2,500,000 views in just over a year.

For their latest episode (see below) at Tate Modern, Mandem on the Wall were given unprecedented access to the gallery, shooting out of hours.  In the video they find themselves filming amongst iconic paintings and sculptures and, while wandering through the galleries in awe of these works, they bump into fashion talents Margot Bowman and Fred Butler, as well as Calvin Klein model Aaron Frew, who make cameos. The second part of this special episode will be filmed during the Hyperlink festival.

Mandem On The Wall feature in the new E4 teen comedy drama ‘Youngers’, and were recent finalists in the Media category at the Spirit Of London Awards (SOLA), which celebrates the achievements of young people across London, going on to deliver workshops and inspirational talks to schools across London.

#Hyperlink is a free festival at Tate Modern, 26th – 28th April 2013.

For the full line-up and to find out more about #Hyperlink visit http://www.tate.org.uk/hyperlink

For more infomation about Mandem on the Wall visit http://mandemonthewall.com

Mandem on the Wall for #Hyperlink, The Tanks, Tate Modern: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDRR4CaxY40&feature=youtu.be

Words: Kitty Lungley