Installation, film and live performance collide for Tate Modern’s first BMW Tate Live Exhibition in its multi-sensory subterranean space The Tanks.
As part of an on-going collaboration with BMW, Tate Modern presents the first in a series of boundary-breaking exhibitions that will play out yearly in its versatile underground space dedicated to live arts. Taking the concept of the art exhibition in a new direction – from a static display to a multi-dimensional, immersive experience – the event aims to engage visitors with a free daytime exhibition, enhanced by ticketed evening events.
Spanning various generations, nationalities and disciplines, a series of artists have been invited to present works that actively reach out to visitors and encourage a fluid transaction of ideas and discussion. Setting the stage for the multitude of creative processes that lies within, Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture extends to the South Terrace, dressing the space outside the Switch House in a cloud of water vapour.
Four out of the six evenings of entertainment begin in The Tanks lobby with a signature ‘occasion’ by Isabel Lewis, where the Berlin-based DJ guides a free-flowing congregation of people, music, dance, food and even perfume. On the opening night, visitors can also expect two electronic music sets by Lorenzo Senni which frame a performance of Ellipsis Land by Pepa Ubera and Josefina Camus – a choreographed piece that channels vibration and repetition to characterise the energy of the human body.
Other intriguing live art presentations include a sculptural performance using fabric and sound by Fred Moten and Wu Tsang and a dreamlike sequence by Japanese filmmaker Daïchi Saïto which flitters between contrasting abstract landscapes to the sound of Jason Sharpe’s saxophone. On 1 April, the evening shows culminate in the UK premiere of Dominican Republic-born Ligia Lewis’s Minor Matter, which evokes awareness of racial inequality through dance.