Tate Modern: TH.2058

Kevin and I went up to London today to watch a recording of The Now Show, a BBC Radio 4 programme that will be broadcast tomorrow. We decided to make a day of it and spend some time at Tate Modern. The only part of Tate Modern where you are allowed to take photos is the vast Turbine Hall of the old Bankside power station so I made the most of the opportunity. The current installation there is by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, titled TH.2058. As you walk in there are the sounds of pouring rain and dripping water and you are faced with a room full of metal bunk beds, enormous surreal creatures and a huge video screen showing a never ending film. The premise behind the installation is that of London fifty years from now where the climate has changed irreparably and it never stops raining. The inhabitants of London take shelter in the Turbine Hall, along with items which have been brought inside to avoid the rain. Every bunk bed has a book on it, while a film constantly cycles on the large screen showing clips of science fiction films. I took a lot of shots in the Turbine Hall, from all angles, but this was the one I felt gave the best impression of the overall scene. For more information about this installation go to: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/dominiquegonzalezfoerster/essay.shtm [null] .

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      2008.12.19 Edited

      What an interesting place - wonder what they envision people will be reading in 2058!