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    Tom Lock, Within, 2017 (detail), four screen HD video and sound installation, 07:00 mins. Image courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, 2017


Nocturnal Creatures is a new, free festival, for one night only.  It brings together performance, video, sculpture and sound on Saturday 21 July, from 6–11pm.

Cultural and historic venues within walking distance of Whitechapel Gallery are transformed, opening their doors late into the night. Highlights include a range of immersive installations, visuals, performances and sound elements from The London Open 2018 artists.

In association with Sculpture in the City, artist-led tours of artworks around the East End will also take place. New audio compositions will be made accessible for the first time as part of the launch of Sculpture in the City x Musicity, linking music and architecture together as new way of seeing and hearing the area. Situated around the city are 18 works from internationally renowned artists Marina Abramović, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Sean Scully and many more.

International project, Plantón Móvil, with Peruvian artist Lucia Monge, will create a ‘walking forest’ of plants and people moving together, giving shrubs, flowers and trees the opportunity to ‘walk’ down the streets and to claim their place in our public space.

Join us for this late night festival.


Plan your route. See a map and timeline Nocturnal Creatures locations and events.


Installation View, The London Open 2018. Photo John Nguyen, PA Wire. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery (5)

Performance: Alexis Teplin

6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm
Duration: 15 Minutes
Whitechapel Gallery, E1 7QX

Restaged for the first time in London, Alexis Teplin’s Arch (The Politics of Fragmentation) takes its gestural references from Jan Natya Manch (India’s People’s Theatre), 1960s Hollywood films and the tradition of Russian abstract theatre. Performed by Emma Attwood, Olivia Llewellyn and Carey Thring.

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Readings: Andrea Luka Zimmerman and guests

Whitechapel Gallery, E1 7QX

A shared reading that echoes Luka Zimmerman’s film Civil Rights, a cine-poem, taking as its starting point Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech, exploring how poverty, racism and war continue to haunt our lives. Readings by Aysen Dennis, Evan Ifekoya, So Mayer, Liberty Anthony Sadler, Daniella Shreir and Andrea Luka Zimmerman. See full details here.

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Performance: Tom Lock

6.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.45pm
Broadgate, 3 Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M 2PA

This immersive audio-visual work titled Within is shown across multiple screens and draws inspiration from Octavia E. Butler’s 1987 novel Dawn. This performative version of Within explores the idea of humans assimilating with an alien race. Tom Lock has collaborated for this event with choreographer/dance artist Fernanda Muñoz Newsome, musicians Manuela Barczewski, Rudi Schmidt and dance artists Josefina Camus, Monsur Mansoor, James Morgan. Read the artist biographies here.

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Performance: Larry Achiampong with Shiraz Bayjoo

7.30pm and 9.45pm
The White Chapel Building, E1 8QS

A multi-media experience bringing together film accompanied by a beat-driven live soundtrack. Forgotten Worlds is a new performance which forms part of Relic Traveller (2017), Larry Achiampong’s Afrofuturist multi-site project. Achiampong expands this audio-visual journey with Shiraz Bayjoo using themes of lost testimony, fallen empire and displacement to deconstruct the architectures of colonialism.


Performance: Rachel Pimm

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, E1 1DY

Working with audio artist Graham Cunnington (Test Dept), former staff of the decommissioned foundry, and current live-in guardians, this historic space is re-animated to the industrial sounds of the machinery and bells to tell the stories of the agricultural, ecological, military and political histories of the matter as it transforms. Performances by Alex Bellhouse (live-in guardian), Graham Cunnington (Test Dept), Simon Parsons (former foundry employee), Rachel Pimm and Sian Sull (live-in guardian).


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Film screening: Kai Althoff & Yair Oelbaum

St George’s German Lutheran Church, E1 8EB

Screenings of FORERUNNER, a film by artists Kai Althoff and Yair Oelbaum. Spoken language is almost entirely subdued in FORERUNNER, which Oelbaum and Althoff started to film in 2013, and finished in 2016. Argumentative bombers having lost all attraction, light, several female protagonists with their unfathomable knowledge of what will be when Moshiach (the Messiah) comes, and a forbearance not to be confused to the slightest with tepidity, are the elements to rule this disposition. The film will be presented within the historic St. George’s Lutheran Church, which opened in 1763, and is the oldest surviving German church, many of its original Georgian interiors well intact. Read the artist biography here.

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Walk: Plantón Móvil with Lucia Monge

Whitechapel Gallery, E1 7QX

This ‘walking forest’ of plants and people moving together, gives shrubs, flowers and trees the opportunity to ‘walk’ down the streets and to claim their place in our public space. Participants begin and end at Whitechapel Gallery, walking the plants through Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Aldgate Square.


Tour: The Walkative Society with Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Simon King

Fully booked
Whitechapel Gallery, E1 7QX

Drawing on their publication Parallel Urbanisms: London-Los Angeles, artist Jaspar Joseph-Lester and writer Simon King lead a walk, which explores elements of Los Angeles in the East End.

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Music: Justin Quirk of NO UFOs

Whitechapel Gallery Refectory, E1 7QX

Taking over the Refectory space in the Whitechapel Gallery, Justin Quirk of NO UFOs, will create an audio journey through the digital sounds of the future: from space-age electro and futuristic synthpop to cosmic funk and dancehall.


Sculpture in the City

An urban sculpture park, set amongst the architectural landmarks. Book online for a number of events.


Musicity x Sculpture in the City

Launching to coincide with Nocturnal Creatures, Musicity × 10 sites will be enlivened from Aldgate to Shoreditch, with newly commissioned audio tracks, ranging from modern classical to globally inspired soundscapes. Book online for a number of events.

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Affiliate Programme

Exhibitions in local East London galleries with late night closings.


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