Tate Modern Gallery Artist Tania Bruguera
From 8th October – 24th February 2019 HYUNDAI COMMISSION
A Changing number.
Despite the above being the title of this art project, it is not offered up front. It is offered as a stamped on one’s wrist if entering the small gallery in the Turbine Hall. But if you did not know that in advance, or if you did not speak to anyone whilst at the Gallery, it would not be obvious. It is possible to just migrate into the massive open space of the Turbine Hall, at the Tate Modern. The Gallery its tower its basement width beckons you in from the Thames path like a magnet.
There is no art there being displayed, no sculptures, one gets to think the exhibition must be over, despite hearing the fact the artist Bruguera is meant to be back in town.
Audio art, perhaps as there are some sound installations in the Turbine Hall, intermittent low frequency.
I saw people laying on the floor in a purpose, in a pattern.
A collection of their shoes.
Then there is a bit of text on the wall that bears the artists name to confirm the empty space and its antics is part of the art project. Vibrations heat sensing or being in touch with the floor is meant to reveal an image, not sure where.
What’s this all about? Migration actions of individuals neighbor actions.
The focusing theme of this art area is to do with migration. Looking at the number of people who migrated in the last year, and comparing that to the number of migrant deaths. With the idea that it is hard to put a face to a statistic. The artist features looking at the actions of individual people and how they interact. A Group of people from the local area is taking part in this project from the SE1 area of the gallery.
North part of the building which was the Boilerhouse is an area now dedicated to honouring Natalie Bell. Bell is a local community action leader. Bell made positive actions towards people in the local SE1 area of the Gallery. A Single mother who set up support for people.
Log into the Tate’s Wifi
Bruguera with others from this community project has written a manifesto and this will appear on peoples phones for those who log into the wifi of the Tate Gallery.
Contact with the floor is meant to activate heat sensitive touch receptors and therefore reveals an art image of a young migrant male Yousef. He was helped by the charity Natalie Bell helps run. The success of this story is that Yousef went on to work for the NHS after studying biomedical science.
On the Website of the gallery seems to suggest that if you visit a small room nearby there is an organic compound in the air of that room that is meant to provoke tears and induce empathy? Not sure what that is about. I was not aware of this at the time but then did not go in random rooms. Does make you think twice about walking in somewhere off the street at random. It describes the sound in the gallery as unsettling, I did not find much sound there or it being overwhelming. It was pleasant to see the open space and catch perceptions. The journey over Millenium Bridge to the gallery is so worth it, no matter the weather, but a tonic on a sunny day.
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