Thursday, September 6, 2012

ThE TaNkS: ArT IN ACTioN

Photography: Laura Daza
Photography: Laura Daza



The Tanks: Art in Action is an new space the Tate Modern Museum in London, is offering to its art-passionate audience. It is likely to say that, is the world's first museum galleries that is dedicated to live art focusing on the importance of live art and how can art change society.


Photography: Laura Daza

To start with, this new extension space brings history to the ambiance of the museum and is contrasted between old architecture and contemporary means. This area once were vast chambers beneath the old Bankside Power Station, in which held thousands of gallons of oil; being an icon of the Industrialization period. 

The architects that changed the space, Herzog+de Meuron are responsible for keeping the concrete grid walls for a purpose; show the realness of space. They uphold the idea that in the past decade, some of the most controversial and exciting art work, was shown in old warehouses opposed to the minimal and antiseptic spaces used to exhibit today's art. (Higgins, 2012) 


Photography: Laura Daza

According to Nicholas Serota, (2012) 'It will be more than a grand new architectural gesture. It should, he said, mark a new chapter in the way contemporary art is captured, studied and, most importantly, experienced by the public'. It is possible to experience new ways of art including performance; dance; visual media; film; drawing and poetry by the creation of vivid installations where the audience become action viewers, involved in the story the artists aim to convey. 

It is a new perception of proximity, the audience are performers too, they become explorers closer to the performers and is a human confrontation due to, the new coexistence between humans and the intangible concept of art. Art should be live, now that democratization of art is happening there must be a closer relationship between the performer and the audience. 


Photography: Laura Daza


The Tanks resume the types of expression that have existed since the beginning of this century such as social sculpture; body art; action painting; inhabiting and deconstruction of the image; leading to what is now contemporary live art. It was the way people wanted to express themselves freely without being judged by the art society; their main goal of breaking paradigms and the communication of art everywhere; as a matter of subjectivity and appreciation.


The current exhibitions will be presented in a 15 week festival of live art performances showing a commission by Korean artist Sung Hwan Kim, and new works of Lis Rhodes and Suzanne Lacy.   


One of the key artists in The Tanks is Sung Hwan Kim born in Seoul and currently based in New York City, is showing his interdisciplinary work through video; performance; drawing; sculpture and film by creating a unique way of story-telling mundane situations in parallel cultures such as Seoul, New York, Amsterdam. 

The experience is ambiguous. When entering the obscure place you have the sensation of despair not knowing what to expect from the artist. You can just visualize the light on three screens showing a film of his story soundless. Slowly, you start to understand and become familiar with the installation and meaning behind it. The denotation of the image is just using black and white animated images in a sequence to tell a story located in a asymmetrical installation of elements where the audience can sit and see this. 

Its a free live performance so you should experience yourself.



Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza


Photography: Laura Daza

Photography: Laura Daza



Can you answer these questions:
What is the role of the audience?
How can Art change society?
Does live Art have to be experienced live?




Bibliography:

Higgins, C (2012) Tate Modern unlocks the Tanks and introduces live art into mainstream
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/jul/16/tate-modern-tanks-live-art [Accessed September 6, 2012]












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