White Cube Bermondsey
White Cube Bermondsey opened in October 2011 and is the largest of the gallery's three sites, incorporating more than 5,000m² of interior space. The building, which was previously a 1970s warehouse, was renovated and designed by London and Berlin-based architects Casper Mueller Kneer. At the time of its launch it was the biggest commercial gallery in Europe and along with the exhibition spaces, also incorporates private-viewing rooms, offices, an art warehouse, a bookshop and an auditorium for public events and screenings. The South Galleries provide the principal display area for major exhibitions, with three smaller galleries, known collectively as the North Galleries, being used for smaller-scale, innovative shows. In addition, a central, top-lit, 81m² gallery named 9 x 9 x 9, is used for special projects or to display a single artwork or installation. White Cube Bermondsey has hosted a variety of important exhibitions, such as the first UK showing of work by Theaster Gates, a comprehensive retrospective of prints by Chuck Close, and the largest presentation of Anselm Kiefer's work ever staged in London.
Hailing from Shiretoko, a small town in Hokkaido (the largest island of northern Japan), Hatis Noit was inspired to become a singer at the age of sixteen, while on a trek in Nepal. She heard a female monk singing Buddhist chants and the sound moved her so intensely that she became instantly aware of the visceral power of the human voice. Astonishingly, Hatis Noit’s accomplished range is self-taught. She has taken inspiration from a wide range of sources, including Gagaku (Japanese classical music), operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chantings, and avant-garde and pop vocalists. The sounds on her debut EP ‘Illogical Dance’ (2018: Erased Tapes), co-produced by Haruhisa Tanaka and Matmos, bring to mind the experimental vocal patterns of Meredith Monk and the attentive production of Holly Herndon. The name Hatis Noit means the stem of the lotus flower, which, in Japanese folklore represents the connection between the living world (flower), and the spirit world (root). For Hatis Noit, music represents a connection to the same netherworld with its ability to move and transport us to another side: the past, a memory, our subconscious.