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Matei Bejenaru put out a call to fellow Romanian nationals, asking them to gather as a crowd outside Tate Modern to take part in a public performance. Here he introduces his own film of the event, Together (2007). Bejenaru is one of the artists in the exhibition The Irresistible Force , at Tate Modern, where he is showing a work called Travelling Guide (2005), an unofficial guide for Romanians seeking to enter and work in the United Kingdom illegally. The Irresistible Force , Tate Modern, 20 September - 25 November 2007
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In this exclusive interview for TateShots, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo talks about cracking open Tate Modern. Her new work Shibboleth is a long snaking fissure that runs the vast length of the Turbine Hall, as if striking to the very foundations of the museum. Something similar might be said of the concept that underpins the piece. The word ‘shibboleth’ refers back to an incident in the Bible, which describes how the Ephraimites, attempting to flee across the river Jordan, were stopped by their enemies, the Gileadites. As their dialect did not include a ‘sh’ sound, those who could not say the word ‘shibboleth’ were captured and executed. A shibboleth is therefore a token of power: the power to judge, reject and kill. What might it mean to refer to such violence in a museum of modern art? For Salcedo, the crack represents a history of racism, running parallel to the history of modernity; a stand off between rich and poor, northern and southern hemispheres. She invites us to look down into it, and to confront discomforting truths about our world. The Unilever Series: Doris Salcedo , Tate Modern, 9 October 2007 – 6 April 2008
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Antony Gormley takes us on a tour of his studio. Designed in collaboration with the architect David Chipperfield, this converted warehouse just north of King Cross manages to accommodate hanger-like rooms, where teams of assistants work on large-scale sculptures, with more intimate, personal spaces.
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Tracey Emin interviews Peter Blake and finds out how you get offered a knighthood, why Blake turned down dinner with Andy Warhol , and what he really thinks about that Sgt. Pepper cover. Watch the full-length interview here .
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Gavin Pretor-Pinney is founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and author of The Cloudspotter’s Guide. Applying his spotter’s eye to the Tate Collection he extols the joys of clouds in art, from Constable and his strata cumulus to Turner the storm-chaser.
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Alex James, Blur’s bassist, on the relationship between Ellsworth Kelly , a good Pop song and Albert Einstein. James's book, Bit of a Blur , about his life with the band, is out now.
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This performance recreates the groundbreaking work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. Frustrated by the limitations of painting, Oiticica devoted himself to finding ways in which painting could be taken off the gallery walls and out into 3-dimensional space. One result was his ‘Parangolés’ of the mid-1960s. Literally habitable paintings, they were designed to be worn while dancing to the rhythm of samba. They came out of his involvement with the people of Mangueira Hill, a Rio de Janeiro shanty town, and Mangueira's famous samba school. The artist’s nephew, César Oiticica Fihlo, takes up the story. Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour , Tate Modern, until 23 September 2007
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Peter Blake takes us around his retrospective at Tate Liverpool. Blake is often described as the godfather of British Pop art, and at the core of his work is an ever-present fascination with the world of popular culture and entertainment. Yet Blake’s work goes far beyond this. Here he discusses the evolution of his style, from the early days at the Royal College of Art, to the paintings that he’s working on right now. Peter Blake: a retrospective , Tate Liverpool, until 23 September 2007
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Pauline Boty is little known outside the art world but in the early sixties she was one of the hottest talents on the London Pop art scene, a contemporary of David Hockney and Peter Blake. She died from cancer in 1966 at the age of just 28, and her work was stored away in a barn and largely forgotten. In the last decade her paintings have begun to be shown again, and in 1999 Tate bought The Only Blonde in the World , her portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Michael Bracewell discusses the life and work of Britain’s first female Pop artist.
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Tate invited East London grime collective Roll Deep to write a track about one of the artworks on show at Tate Modern. They chose Anish Kapoor’s sculpture Ishi’s Light . Two of the group talked to TateShots about their creative process. Roll Deep’s track Searching is part of the 12-month Tate Tracks project launched to match inspirational visual art with inspirational new music. We’re now holding a competition to find one final addition to the project – Your Tate Track. For details visit www.tatetracks.org.uk .
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Bourbon biscuits, Liquorice Allsorts and golf balls are some of the unlikely materials from which architect Nigel Coates conjures a vision of London’s future. Coates was invited to make a piece of work for Global Cities , Tate Modern’s exhibition about the changing face of ten international cities. The architectural model he created focuses on the Thames Gateway, an area of land targeted for regeneration that stretches eastwards from CanaryWharf along the river Thames. He talks about why British architecture is in need of an injection of artistic spirit. Global Cities, Tate Modern, until 27 August 2007
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‘The Fight’, a boxing, music and dance performance, was conceived by Panamanian-born artist, Humberto Vélez. More than 100 amateur boxers from South London boxing clubs took over Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for a series of bouts in the ring, with music by MC Mic Assassin and choreography by street dance company Flawless.
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When a boyfriend broke-up with her by email, French artist Sophie Calle asked 107 women to read the letter and to analyse it according to their professional interest. It was set to music, re-ordered by a crossword-setter, performed by an actress, and probed by a forensic psychiatrist, amongst others. The resulting artwork called Take care of yourself (after the boyfriend's parting words) fills the French Pavilion at the Biennale. Another example of Calle's ability to create art from the intimate and painful details of her life is also being shown in Venice. It takes the form of a film recording the dying moments of her mother, while in an adjacent space a statement on the wall explains that on the day that Calle was invited to represent France at the Biennale, she learned that her mother was terminally ill. Calle spoke to TateShots about her work.
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Representing Britain at the Venice Biennale is a rare accolade. Tracey Emin is only the second British female artist to have a solo exhibition in the British Pavilion, the first was Rachel Whiteread in 1997. So has she pulled it off? We canvassed opinion as the doors opened on her new show and Emin made her grand entrance. Tracey Emin Borrowed Light , British pavilion, until 21 November 2007
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Bill Viola’s latest video installation, Ocean Without a Shore , is presented in the atmospheric setting of the church of San Gallo, Venice. Monitors positioned on three stone altars in the church show a succession of individuals slowly approaching out of darkness and moving into the light, as if encountered at the intersection between death and life. Viola talks about his artistic intentions and the technical challenges of the piece. Bill Viola Ocean Without a Shore, Chiesa di San Gallo, San Marco, Venezia, until 24 November 2007
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Surveillance technology, robotics and computers all feature in the work of Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. As you enter the exhibition space, overhead cameras track your movements, triggering a reaction – in one room rows of white chairs rise and fall in waves as you pass by, in another, projected images emerge from the floor in response to where you stand. Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive approach is summed up most spectacularly in an installation called Pulse Room , one hundred incandescent light bulbs controlled by the heartbeat of the public. He takes us on a tour of his show at the Mexican Pavilion.