Wolfgang Tillmans collabs with the Opiates (2011)

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artdesigncafé - art | 2 September 2011

Wolfgang Tillmans collabs with the Opiates in Hollywood under the knife and Rainy Days and Remixes EP

ANATOMY of a Plastic Girl (Chris & Cosey Remix) [Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti] by The Opiates (Billie Ray Martin & Robert Solheim) on their EP Rainy Days and Remixes.


Press Release excerpts. Text by Disco Activisto Records, Berlin

wolfgang tillmans photograph
Wolfgang Tillmans. Untitled, (2006). Photograph. On cover of The Opiates CD Hollywood under the knife, (2011).

Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans is no stranger to collaborations with musicians, having lent his talents to sleeve design and video direction for Pet Shop Boys, REM and Goldfrapp. Now his work forms the visual presentation for The Opiates debut album. The Opiates are musician Robert Solheim and singer / songwriter Billie Ray Martin. A set of previously unseen and unpublished photographs adorn the sleeve and booklet for their forthcoming album Hollywood Under The Knife as well as their EP, also to be released, Rainy Days and Remixes.

A long-time fan of the Opiates’ singer Billie Ray Martin’s work, Wolfgang Tillmans has photographed her twice and chose her as ‘most influential woman’ as part of i-D Magazine’s 25th birthday issue and celebrations. For ‘Hollywood Under The Knife’, Tillmans opened his entire archive and gave The Opiates unprecedented access to choose their favourite images.

Plans are afoot to stage a performance/play entitled ‘Anatomy of a Plastic Girl’, a multimedia performance piece using Wolfgang Tillmans’ images as well as multimedia elements, in 2012.

About Wolfgang Tillmans
Born in Remscheid Germany, Wolfgang Tillmans was the winner of the Turner prize in 2000. Tillmans has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, including the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; PS1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA New York, NY; the Tate Britain, London, UK; Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK. Tillmans was recently included in the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009, Venice, Italy; ʻHolbein to Tillmansʼ at the Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland; and Life on Mars: Carnegie International 2008 at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA. In June, Hatje Cantz will release, for the first time in a single publication, a new monograph of the artistʼs abstract photographs titled Abstract Pictures. He lives and works in London and Berlin.

About the Opiates: Billie Ray Martin and Robert Solheim
Dubbed by the press as ‘The Carpenters of Electro’, The Opiates explore paths pioneered by the Chicago house and Detroit techno heroes, (not least Electribe 101), with the aim of taking things forward a step or two. Kraftwerk and Yazoo have been mentioned as influences.

“The Carpenters of electro… dark, electronic pop: scalpel-sharp lyrical observations juxtaposed with shimmering production to magnetic effect.”
— Ben Murphy, DJ Magazine (U.K. / worldwide)

The Opiates: “Hollywood Under The Knife”

wolfgang tillmans photograph
Wolfgang Tillmans. Untitled, (2006). Photograph. On cover of The Opiates CD Hollywood under the knife, (2011).

CD & Digital Release Date: 21 October 2011
Catalogue Number: DAREC1103
Disco Activisto Records
Images by Wolfgang Tillmans

Tracklist:
Rainy Days and Saturdays
I’m Not Simone Choule
Candy Coated Crime
Anatomy of a Plastic Girl
Silent Comes the Nighttime (again)
Oprah’s Book of the Month Club (part 2)
Reality TV
Jalousies and Jealousies
Dinah and the Beautiful Blue
Candy Coated Crime (alternative version)


The Opiates: “Rainy Days and Remixes EP”

wolfgang tillmans photograph
Wolfgang Tillmans. Photograph utilised for The Opiates Rainy days and remixes EP, (2011).

Digital Release Date: 19 September 2011
Catalogue Number: DAREC1104
Disco Activisto Records
Images by Wolfgang Tillmans

Tracklist:
> Rainy Days and Saturdays (Radio Edit)
> Jalousies and Jealousies (Kim Ann Foxman Remix)
> Anatomy of a Plastic Girl (Chris & Cosey Remix) [Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti]
> Silent Comes the Nighttime (XHK Stepford Step Off Mix)


Billie Ray Martin and Robert Solheim of the Opiates selected images from Wolfgang Tilmans’ archive, with the following parallel of Hollywood photographs to the Hollywood misfits in the songs.