On the 28th of May 2012 Noëmi Lakmaier set out from Toynbee Studios in Tower Hamlets towards the City of London, hoping to reach one one of London's most iconic buildings the 'Gherkin'. This normally easy 1 mile stroll was a slow and exhausting test of endurance, as she did it on herhands and knees. Smartly dressed in business attire she crawled through the everyday street life of London, her clothes getting increasingly dirty and torn. After 7 hours she crossed the border from the Borough of Tower Hamlets to the City of London.
∆E=W is an ongoing project by artist Emma Smith developed from a series of experiments involving touch, the gaze and spatial harmonics.
A group of pre-selected members of the public was invited to reconsider the experience we have in a gallery through a series of vocal and physical responses to artworks on display. By interacting with Tate’s collection and each other, the players experiment with moving beyond a solo and contemplative relationship to art to explore the energetic relations between people, practice and space.
∆E=W aims to collapse the distinction between art object and ephemeral act by considering all matter, on the sub-atomic level, as energy. Moving beyond a scientific conception of energy, the project investigates the potential of art as a mechanism for channeling or converting energy as we physically experience it. Exploring energy in relation to the body, collective action, practice and work, the game proposes a new language for interpretation and interaction within the gallery.
The game was played in the Energy and Process galleries on level 5 of Tate Modern, in room 3.
∆E=W has been developed with the support of Artsadmin, London.
Filmed excerpts from live performances of Out of Water by Helen Paris and Caroline Wright with music composed by Jocelyn Pook.
Out of Water was performed at 8am on Holkham Beach, Norfolk from 25th to 27th August as part of the London 2012 Festival. The artists worked with singers and swimmers from the local area to make the performance.