'DAYS OF ACTION' AT TATE MODERN, 2018
For Tate Modern the artists realised two collective actions within its architectural spaces based on written propositions. ‘Solidarity Line’ and ‘What is the Building Calling For?’ use collective devices from civic resistance and direct democratic assembly to explore particular relations of ’them' and ‘us', ‘I' and ‘we’. Architecture is exchanged for the ‘other’ (the counter protest or authority), to be negotiated not as an antagonist but as an affective force that can generate new social and spatial possibilities.
The film documents one of these actions - ‘What is the Building Calling For?’. The question becomes the content for a collective address to the building relayed through its foyers, landings and stairwells by participants using the ‘people's microphone’ (human amplification of a speaker's voice through repetition of words by other voices at the limit of earshot). The collective voice of the participants inhabits the acoustic territories and thresholds of the architecture, witnessed in turn by visitors.
The 'Days of Action' series at Tate Modern was programmed and supported by Tate Exchange in association with Spike Island and Bristol UWE and facilitated by the artists with artist/activist Hannah Davey (Liberate Tate / Greenpeace) over three iterations. Each event enlisted participation from a distinct group. The event shown invited staff of Tate across the different teams including cleaning and security staff, invigilators, administrators and curators. The actions proposed new orders of movement that aimed to foster new relationships between the building and those who use it, and an interconnectedness between building members and their individual spheres of operation.
Location: Tate Modern, 5th December 2018
Moving image and sound: 8 minutes
Camera and sound: Kelly Warman and Nadja Ellinger
Editing: Kelly Warman with Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley
Funded by: Tate Exchange, Spike Island, Bristol UWE
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