Wednesday 13 December 2017

Tate Modern to stage 'live' fog exhibition

Fujiko Nakaya created a
Fujiko Nakaya created a "fog bridge" across Bristol Harbourside last year
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya creates a fog bridge across Bristol harbourside
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya creates a fog bridge across Bristol harbourside

Tate Modern has announced a new "live" artwork - artificial fog.

Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya will be installing a cloud of mist in London, which was famous for being cloaked in fog in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, for a 10-day exhibition next year.

The 83-year-old artist has been working since the 1970s to develop a system to disperse water vapour at high pressure to create a cloud of mist.

Her father is credited with making the first artificial snowflakes.

Nakaya first became interested in fog after painting clouds.

"This was the time in the 60s when everyone was out on the streets. So, I didn't want to paint clouds, I wanted it to interact with the environment," she has said.

"Walking inside fog, people are suddenly confronted with white darkness, but soon they find themselves trying to use all the senses other than the visual to orient themselves.

"People love the feel of fog on their skin, immersed, wet and cold, but gentle and soothing. It's a primary experience."

Nakaya's "immersive fog sculpture" will be staged on the terrace outside Tate Modern's new Switch House extension.

She has previously installed fog sculptures at Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Grand Palais in Paris and Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut.

Performances by Nakaya's long-term collaborators, such as dancers and drummers, will take place in the fog.

The installation is part of a group exhibition in and above Tate Modern's underground tanks - the huge subterranean concrete containers originally built to hold the fuel for Bankside Power Station - which will launch in the spring.

Other shows include a room filled with potted and hanging plants, in which the artist, Isabel Lewis, pumps in perfume, dances and acts as host.

The gallery said that the exhibitions would mark a "new departure in the concept of the art exhibition - rather than seeing a presentation of static objects, visitors will be invited to explore the show as it unfolds over time".

Tate Modern's director of exhibitions Achim Borchardt-Hume said: "Our culture is always changing, and so exhibitions must change too. In our connected digital age, artists and audiences are ever more fascinated by live experiences, shared in the moment with those around them.

"Our new annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition reflects this shift. It puts collaborative engagement centre stage, responding to the way many artists work today. I can't wait to see how they can push the format of the exhibition even further in years to come."

The BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights runs from March 24 to April 2.

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