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Monday, 25 May 2009

The Long Weekend at Tate Modern

I've been working this weekend at Tate Modern for the new exhibition and installation part of The Long Weekend. There's also new displays on level 5, like Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Venus of the Rags, which contrasts a figure of a classic roman sculpture as the old values with a big amount of ragged clothes conveying the detriment of society's values.

Click the image to read an article about these new displays

There's also performances in a regular basis, like music performances, like an extract of St. John Passion by Bach, performed with a cello in front of the painting of Janis Kounellis and futuristic sound-escapes around the part named Energy and Process, where Minimalism was before.

In the Turbine Hall there's an installation from artist Robert Morris, Bodyspacemotionthings, which was first displayed at Tate Britain in the Duveen Galleries back in 1971. Is composed by a series of objects people can explore and try, like balancing on a beam or on a wire, see saws, climbing through a sort of chimney, sliding down slopes, and things like that. On its first installation, the display was removed after a few days due the amount of injuries happened. For this time, Tate has disposed a series of safety measures to avoid major injuries and trained staff on each of the objects. During these days we are proud to say that no major injuries had happened and that has influenced in the decision from Tate to extend the display up to the 14th June.

Click the image to read an article regarding this installation:
I've enjoyed working in this area, first because it allows me to take a more participative and active attitude towards the installation and the people, and second, because it's so nice to see a proper interaction of the people in a more physical way where kids have fun playing around, and adults have the opportunity to become a child again by also trying the objects. All over I see bright eyes with smiling faces, enthusiasm and receptive attitude. I guess a session within the objects and the release of energy that allows the visitor is positive for the receptivity of art itself, as sometimes when going to a museum one gets overloaded by intellectual activity due the efforts of understanding the art itself, its processes and the variety of ways in which it's expressed (in particular, modern and contemporary art).


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