On July 18 - ten days before the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics - the Tate Modern will unveil a new project named Tank. Over the course of a 15-week-long art festival, three gigantic, 30-metre-wide underground oil cisterns, which had stood empty for three decades, will become an exhibition space for "living art", installations and performances.
As the press release says, "the festival will allow audiences to explore new developments in art practice and learning, see bold new work being developed by artists, and engage more deeply with the programme. A major new commission and recent acquisitions will go on display for the first time and, for ten days during the festival, the programme will be created by and for young people. The opening programme is supported by The Tanks Supporters Group.
Over 40 established and emerging artists from across the world will be taking part, including Ei Arakawa (Japan), Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Nina Beier (Denmark), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Boris Charmatz (France), Keren Cytter (Israel), Tina Keane (UK), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Belgium), Liu Ding (China), Jeff Keen (UK), Anthea Hamilton (UK), Sung Hwan Kim (Korea), Rabih Mroué (Lebanon), Paulina Olowska (Warsaw), Eddie Peake (UK), Yvonne Rainer (US), Lis Rhodes (UK), Aldo Tambellini (US) and Haegue Yang (Korea).
The East Tank will showcase a major new commission by Sung Hwan Kim, one of the key artists of his generation working in an interdisciplinary way with video and performance art. In his work, the artist takes on the role of director, editor, performer, composer, narrator and poet, collecting and collaging encounters, sounds, sculptures and images from his changing homes of Seoul, Amsterdam and New York. Drawing on a rich history of performance and film, inspired and taught by artists such as Joan Jonas, alongside cultural influences from Korea, his work is a unique form of story-telling. The commission for the East Tank is supported by Sotheby's.
In the South Tank, a rolling series of projects will address the history of performance, film and interdisciplinary work alongside newly commissioned 'focus' projects. In addition to three major discursive events, which involve presentations, debates and performances, strands of the festival include interventions programmed by and for young people and two mass participation events for visitors of all ages involving sound, performance and film."
Keywords: festival, London