DAYS OF ACTION AT TATE MODERN
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 - ‘Solidarity Line’. ‘Solidarity Line’ uses the bodily formation of the defence line, that instead of defending territory, becomes a transient line – a moving border, a living architectural element. The participants, without speaking, draw on an attentiveness to each other and the environment, navigating through the circulatory spaces of Tate Modern by collective intelligence. Individuality is constantly re-negotiated according to the needs and demands of the group, and in response to built form.
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: 5 minutes
Camera and sound: Kelly Warman and Nadja Ellinger
Editing: Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley
Funded by: Tate Exchange, Spike Island, Bristol UWE
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