Tate Modern, Ten Days Six Nights (Research)

I attended Tate’s Ten Days, Six Nights exhibition during the day on Friday 31st. The focus on time was very important for this exhibition, and I wish I could have visited it again at a different time to see changes/differences. The idea of different things unfolding at different times is interesting, as one person’e experience of the exhibition may be very different from another’s. This innovative exhibition combined performance, installation, sculpture, sound and video to focus on elements of technology and the environment.

Some parts of the exhibition were there throughout, whilst others were only on a specific day. Fujiko Nakaya’s interactive fog sculpture was certainly a well-promoted feature, and she uses fog in her art to ‘let nature speak.’ Performances in the fog also show the human interaction with the environment, creating interesting shapes in the fog and making for a beautiful experience.

Fujiko Nakaya

Isabel Lewis’ performance is in the centre space between other artists’ rooms, meaning that you are immediately drawn to it and engage with it first. However, this is a highly appropriate focus as it sets reflects many elements of other artist’s work, from interactive elements of questioning and interviewing viewers, to performance (dancing) and sound (music). The way in which she engages with the music allows the viewers to feel the emotions which she is expressing. Similarly to Nakaya’s work, a focus on nature and the environment is provided through the inclusion of leafy plants in pots around the performance. The drinks being offered added to the feeling of community in the area, and seats encourages visitors to communicate and enjoy the performance, connecting with other people viewing the work. Her art displayed in a room was visually interesting, creating interesting shapes with plants and string from the ceiling. However, I feel as though different sound could have been provided to create more atmosphere, rather than an interview-type voiceover.

Isabel Lewis

The CAMP artwork questioned the development of technology, showing it in different formats (from CCTV footage to pixels made of paper). Personally, I don’t feel as though the CCTV footage was overly interesting, however it is important that is only shows a real life account of the world, accurately depicting the use of technology. The paper ‘pixels’ which moved in the path of a fan were a unique way of creating art and became somewhat interactive when viewers stood in front of the fan, reducing the number of moving pixels involved.

CAMP, Paper Pixels

Fred Moten and Wu Tsang created a rope performance installation. Performances were held at different times during some days of the exhibition (although I didn’t get to see these). The artists’ focus on chance through spontaneous movements between the rope makes the piece spontaneous, involving non pre-planned actions and being changed in a collaborative effort by viewers. Again, this piece brings people together, encouraging them to want to get close to the ropes.

Carlos Casas’ sound-based artwork was unique in that viewers were encouraged to lie down on plain camp beds and listen to the sounds around them. The simplicity of the layout of his art added to the impact of the sound, not creating many distractions. Low frequency sounds (such as those used by elephants) were included, played through infrasound speakers. Again, the intimacy and interaction with other people made this art interesting, lying in the exhibition and trusting the people around you. It was really relaxing listening to the natural, peaceful sounds.

Carlos Casas

The exhibition was overall enjoyable, although at times I felt as though more development could have been added to the work and also better signposting would have improved it. I am always interesting to see the variety of different methods which artists use to portray their messages, and this exhibition makes me want to experiment more with video, sound and interactive artwork and installation, as these ways of working can be very effective when well thought through.

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