October 20, 2008

London in the year 2058. It rains every day and people are looking for shelter. It can be found at the latest installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern by French Artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.

“It might be dark, the idea that so many people are sleeping together on these bunk beds, but this is our permanent condition, in a way: we have to share a space. This is not an endwork; it allows the possibility that things continue.” (Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster)

So this is where I went last Sunday. Red and turquoise plastic curtains seperate the rest of the Turbine Hall from the actual installation. Once you leave them behind you – the sound of dropping water (I guess it´s supposed to be rain…) So then, bunk beds, yellow and blue. I´d be interested to know the reason for this, ikea?

Lot´s of books on them…HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds, JG Ballard’s The Drowned World, Adrian Cole’s The Lucifer Experiment and so on.

People sit down on the beds, reading, kids trying to climb up. When we try to sit on the top bit we´re told off by a guard. So what is this supposed to mean? You can have shelter, but only on the lower beds? I feels very squeezed.

In between all of this, wired, oversized creatures made of soft polystyrene. Mostly quotations of known art pieces, such as Louise Bourgeois’ huge spider.

All this creates a wired and threateing athmosphere, which isn´t very comfortable. Somehow it also reminded me of a movie set. I like the fact though, that people stop and actually spend some time with the installation. And yes, it´s definitly in progress all the time. It would be amazing to actually fill it up with as many people as you can fit in there, and let them spend a night togehter.



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