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October 13, 2008 7:50 AM   Subscribe

'We are in (a period of) intense turbulence - fasten your seatbelts,' Gonzalez-Foerster told reporters. So why not shelter from the coming apocalypse in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, lying back on a bunk bed, listening to the rain, reading or watching some SF, looking at art.
posted by fearfulsymmetry (22 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Interesting. Some rip of version of the giant spider isn't going to be as cool as seeing the thing for the first time though (or the towers that went with it). And the true weirsd post apocalyptic experience in the turbine hall was The Weather Project, which felt like being plunged into the underground caverns of colony of survivors who fled teh surface and live under the glow of a vast artificial sun.
posted by Artw at 8:39 AM on October 13, 2008


Damn. I was *just there* and the turbine hall was empty as they prepared for this installation. Wish I could have seen it.
posted by Brittanie at 8:53 AM on October 13, 2008


Being able to check out each and every turbine hall installation is one of things I miss about living in London. I even like d being in there when it was empty. Visiting London for any length of time and not swinging by again would just seem wrong to me.
posted by Artw at 8:56 AM on October 13, 2008


What the hell? No Children of Men clips? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
posted by mwhybark at 9:05 AM on October 13, 2008


So...

Put a few people in blue coveralls in the hall and this is basically... Half Life 2?

It's even got a strider!
posted by Happy Dave at 9:11 AM on October 13, 2008


Hopefully I'll get to see this at some point... I'm wondering how long the sf books will last. They look very nickable.

Yeah and The Weather Project was awesome. Even my, pretty skeptical about modern art, parents liked that.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:11 AM on October 13, 2008


I love The Tate Modern. And this is why.
posted by grabbingsand at 9:22 AM on October 13, 2008


Being able to check out each and every turbine hall installation is one of things I miss about living in London.

Yeah, I wish New York had this kind of vast space. The closest is probably the one entry hall at MoMa but it's not got the sheer size. And the Met doesn't have any grand space for temporary exhibits (or modern art in general).

(Mass MoCA is probably the closest thing around but their large hall was tied up with that stupid lawsuit for the last couple of years.)
posted by smackfu at 9:24 AM on October 13, 2008


Gordon Brown announces injection of conceptual capital to arts markets. "The toxic borrowing of ideas, 'short selling' other artists, must end" he announced today.

Art sales increased 8%, to their pre-2000 level of 80% art per capita.

In the Eurozone, a man set fire to a donkey wearing a mask. The Euroart closes today up 1.5, to a box of chocolates with pointillist artwork.
posted by davemee at 9:30 AM on October 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


What the hell? No Children of Men clips? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

They already have a participatory Children of Men exhibition in London. It's called Heathrow International Arrivals.

Thanks fearfulsymmetry, this looks great and I'll have to check it out. I'm a bit sad to have missed the previous exhibition of people sprinting down the Hall, though.
posted by Infinite Jest at 9:39 AM on October 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


What a great setting. Apparently there are six copies of the spider sculpture (Louise Bourgeois' "Maman") around the world. I just visited one of them last weekend at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
posted by Popular Ethics at 9:40 AM on October 13, 2008


They already have a participatory Children of Men exhibition in London. It's called Heathrow International Arrivals.

Never a truer word spoken.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:44 AM on October 13, 2008


So, the Apocalypse is just a really long rainstorm? I've been preparing to wade through hoards of demons so that I can battle the four horsemen, and all I really needed was a slicker and some galoshes?

Fuck you Armageddon! I have an umbrella!


[The display does sound cool though]
posted by quin at 9:52 AM on October 13, 2008


Looks like good fun.

Infinite Jest wrote: I'm a bit sad to have missed the previous exhibition of people sprinting down the Hall, though.

You haven't, and they weren't! Creed's Work No. 850 is at Tate Britain, not Tate Modern, until November 16th.

Tate Britain is totally ace just now, in fact: the best Turner Prize show in years, a very good Bacon retrospective, and a big, utterly tedious Rothko show (but I'll count him as a plus since so many folk love him I sometimes think I must be missing something). The runners work as a refreshing, er, chaser after all that heavy stuff.
posted by jack_mo at 10:18 AM on October 13, 2008


Thanks jack_mo. Must check it out soon.
posted by Infinite Jest at 11:12 AM on October 13, 2008


God, I love the Turbine Hall. And miss it so. Even the naff exhibitions are worth it for the space alone.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:11 PM on October 13, 2008


I'm not sure you get to leverage the massive array of ideas encapsulated by all of those novels simply by tossing them into your installation.

But then, I do love me some post-apoc, so more power to 'em.
posted by Robson at 3:59 PM on October 13, 2008


I'm not sure you get to leverage the massive array of ideas encapsulated by all of those novels simply by tossing them into your installation.

Pretty much everything there seems "tossed in" to me. Some pretty easy appropriation, I'd say.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:02 AM on October 14, 2008


the concept of TH.2058 is cool but the execution is sadly lacking. If you do go along to it I would recommend popping upstairs to the much better Cildo Meireles exhibition.
posted by ninebelow at 9:30 AM on October 14, 2008


i would like a giant spider friend plz
posted by pedstel at 10:17 PM on October 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Art podcast: Private view with Adrian Searle - Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:15 AM on October 16, 2008


Just went. Skip the Turbine hall exhibition. Boring.

Strongly seconding ninebelow. The Meireles exhibition is one of the best exhibitions I have seen in years!

Its a collection of beautiful, semi interactive installations. I loved the fish tank with the transparent fish while walking on broken glass. We both adored getting lost in the spiral arrangement of hanging rulers and listening to the oddly ticking broken clocks. We plan to go back.
posted by vacapinta at 3:55 AM on October 18, 2008


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