Tate à Tate - Tate Soundscape Hijacked by Artists

BP's environmental record is appalling yet many people are prepared to turn a blind eye to the fact that Tate is in bed with BP, one of the 'ten worst corporations'* based on its environmental and human rights record.

A new series of artworks questioning Tate's relationship with BP has been commissioned by three activist organisations Platform, Art Not Oil and Liberate Tate. This new and permanent installation inside Tate galleries is created through your participation. Cheekily entitled The Tate Tate Audio Tour the exciting sound works use Tate real estate as their backdrop and will be available for anybody to download onto their smart phones and MP3 players from Thu 22 Mar 2012.

Mel Evans of Platform says : 'Artists and audiences don't want to be forced into a position whereby they are endorsing one of the biggest polluters on the planet merely by visiting the Tate or exhibiting at the Tate.'

By continuing its relationship with BP, knowing the damage this company continues to do to the environment, Tate leadership places its audiences in a very difficult position.

The new works by renowned artists are designed to be listened to inside Tate Modern, Tate Britain and on Tate Boat, (the riverboat crossing between the two buildings). Like the 2010 Turner Prize winning work by sound artist Susan Philipsz these works draw on the immersive properties of sound to create powerful sculptural experiences.

Liberate Tate's performances in the last two years have made headlines across the world, and growing numbers of people in the art world, including members of Tate's own Trustees have expressed unease at Tate's relationship with BP.

The three newly commissioned Tate à Tate Audio Tour artworks are:

The Panaudicon by Ansuman Biswas (Tate Britain)
Tate Britain is built on the site of a prison. The original design for the prison took the form of a panopticon, to allow an observer to monitor all inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether or not they were being watched. Ansuman Biswas neatly turns the tables on this idea. Placing the gallery itself under scrutiny, Ansuman Biswas's 'Panaudicon' takes the idea of surveillance and uses sound to transport the listener beyond the walls of Tate Britain to locations around the world where BP is drilling for oil.

'This is not an Oil Tanker' by Isa Suarez, Mae Martin and Mark McGowan. (Tate Boat)
Specially created to be listened to whilst travelling on the Thames by Tate Boat between Tate Britain and Tate Modern. 'This is not an Oil Tanker' combines music, lyrics and surrealism to explore the experiences of various communities impacted by the exploits of oil companies...

Drilling the Dirt ('A Temporary Difficulty') by Phil England and Jim Welton. (Tate Modern)
This interactive piece navigates the listener through the museum but changes the context in which the exhibits are viewed. Starting at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall you are guided to specific art works in Tate's collection that are now bathed in a completely new light. The paratexts in this alternative audio guide are designed to open up the very debate that Tate would rather not have about its relationship to BP.

For further info including how to download the audio guides and where to start the tours:

-Visit the Tate à Tate website
-Visit the PLATFORM blog

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*http://www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2005/112005/mokhiber.html
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