Experience a community-driven response to the global migration crisis.
The acclaimed Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera has created a series of stealth interventions in and around Tate Modern. The work’s title is an ever-increasing figure: the number of people who migrated from one country to another last year added to the current number of migrant deaths recorded so far this year – to indicate the sheer scale of mass migration and the risks involved.
Statistics can feel anonymous and overwhelming. Bruguera counterbalances this by focusing on the status of the neighbour and what it means to act and interact locally. She has brought together a group of 21 people who live or work in the same postcode as Tate Modern. These Tate Neighbours will explore how the museum can learn from and adapt to its local community. They have decided to rename Tate Modern’s Boiler House for a year in honour of local activist Natalie Bell. The Tate Neighbours have also written a manifesto calling for a culture of connection which appears when you sign in to the free gallery WiFi.
In the Turbine Hall is a large heat-sensitive floor. Through collective action, using your body heat and working together with other visitors, you can reveal a hidden portrait of Yousef, a young man who left Syria to come to London. Meanwhile, a low-frequency sound designed by Steve Goodman (Kode9) fills the space with an unsettling energy. In a small room nearby, an organic compound in the air induces tears and provokes what the artist describes as ‘forced empathy’.