The Tate Modern unveiled an important new work by artist Anicka Yi. This captivating installation is Yi’s largest and most ambitious project to date, transforming Turbine Hall into the heart of Tate Modern with his vision of a new kind of ecosystem.
Yi is known for her work which explores the fusion of technology and biology
Yi’s commission again fills the machine space, referring to the hall’s original purpose of housing the turbines for the Bankside Power Plant. Moving through the air, his floating machines – called aerobes – inspire viewers to think about new ways machines could inhabit the world.
Yi has become known for her experimental work, which explores the fusion of technology and biology, focusing on breaking down the distinctions we maintain between plants, animals, microorganisms, and technology. Through this work, she asks viewers to reflect on how the removal of these distinctions affects our understanding of ourselves as humans and the ecosystems in which we live. For his new commission at Tate Modern, Yi began by wondering what a “natural history of machines” is. could look and feel. His project builds on previous work speculating on the possibilities of evolution of machines into independent life forms.
Two species of aerobes explore the Turbine Hall, exhibiting individual and group behaviors in response to different environmental elements. “Xenojellies” have a semi-transparent body, each with a different colored top and patterned tentacles, while “planulas” are bulbous and covered with short yellow hairs. Both species are filled with helium, propelled by rotors, and powered by a small battery. Their biomorphic forms refer to both oceanic life forms and fungi, reflecting the different roles and levels of complexity among organisms in an ecosystem. These aerobes allow Yi to imagine new possibilities for artificial intelligence, inspired by the various ways in which organisms learn through their bodies and senses.
The smell and the air are an integral part of Yi’s commission, as well as his wider practice. She is interested in perspective politics and how it is affected by changing attitudes, inequalities and ecological awareness. She approaches perfume as a way to subtly alter perceptions and give presence to the air we all share and on which we depend. For Tate Modern, the artist has created unique scent landscapes that move from week to week, evoking scents linked to a specific moment in Bankside’s history.
Visitors can smell spices believed to counter the Black Death in the 14th century, sea scents linked to the Precambrian period long before humans inhabit the land, coal and ozone reminiscent of the machine age of the 20th century, or vegetation from the Cretaceous period. These scent landscapes create an environment that connects aerobes to the history of the site and to all the other organisms that share their habitat. As the smells change between each unique scent landscape, the behavior and interactions of aerobes will develop in response.
Reopening of Studio Voltaire
Studio Voltaire reopens this week after the completion of a Â£ 2.8million investment project. The project is the most ambitious transition in Studio Voltaire’s 27-year history and has transformed its site, facilities and public spaces.
Responding to the current shortage of workspace for artists in London, the project has dramatically increased the amount and quality of support the organization can offer artists by creating 42% more artist studios, providing space affordable and high quality. The organization’s new on-site facilities include an artists’ kitchen, workshop, project studio and two residency studios that will host a new international program.
More than 60 artists are now based at Studio Voltaire, including ActionSpace, a leading organization supporting artists with learning disabilities, which has increased its studio offering and workspace.
The project transformed the way visitors perceive the organization’s buildings and programs – more than doubling public spaces. Anthea Hamilton designed a garden, which forms the new entrance to the site, and Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan created a dynamic installation across the public washrooms. The Studio Voltaire gallery, a former Victorian mission room, has been lovingly restored.
Other new public spaces include The Studio, dedicated to learning and events, a cafÃ© and Voltaire’s first permanent home – Studio Voltaire’s famous art and design boutique.
documenta fifteen announces participating artists
Documenta announced the programming of participating artists for its 15th event. La Documenta is one of the most important artistic events in the world, which takes place every five years. It was originally started in 1955 by art professor Arnold Bode to draw attention to works banned by the Nazis as degenerate. The last guest of the event Artistic directors ruangrupa, a collective of artists and creators from Jakarta, Indonesia, with a core of ten members, is in charge of the artistic direction of documenta 15. He was appointed to unanimity by the International Research Committee.
ikkibawiKrrr (KST), ook_reinaart vanhoe (CET), Richard Bell (AEST)
Taring Padi (WIB) Wakaliwood (EAT), Arts Collaboratory (various time zones), Black Quantum Futurism (EST), Chimurenga (SAST), Jumana Emil Abboud (EET), Nino Bulling (CET), Agus Nur Amal PMTOH (WIB) , Subversive Film (CET, EET), Cinema Caravan und Takashi Kuribayashi (JS), Kiri Dalena (PHT), Nguyen Trinh Thi (ICT), Safdar Ahmed (AEST) Sakuliu (TST), Atis Rezistans / Ghetto Biennale (EST, WET )), Marwa, Arsanios (CET), Sourabh Phadke (WET, IST), Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh (BT, WT), * foundationClass * collective (CET), Another Roadmap Africa Cluster (ARAC) (WAT, CAT, EAT) , Archives des struggles des femmes en, Algeria (WAT), Asia Art Archive (HKT), Waza Art Center (CAT), El Warcha (WAT), Graziela Kunsch (BRT), Keleketla! Library (SAST), KomÃ®na FÃ®lm a Rojava (EET), Sada (regroup) (AST), Siwa platform – L’Economat Ã Redeyef (WAT), The Black Archives (CET), Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts, and Culture (ICT) , Dan Perjovschi (EET), Fehras Publishing Practices (CET), NhÃ SÃ n Collective (ICT), The Nest Collective (EAT), Hamja Ahsan (WET), Jimmie Durham (CET), La Intermundial Holobiente (WET, ART, EST) , Pinar ÃÄrenci ‘(CET), Saodat Ismailova (UZT), Amol K Patil (IST) BOLOHO (CST), Cao Minghao & Chen Jianjun (CST), CHANG En-man (TST, Sa Sa Art Projects (ICT), Alice Yard (AST), Erick BeltrÃ¡n (CET) LE 18 (WAT), MADEYOULOOK (SAST), Party Office b2b Fadescha (IST, EST), Serigrafistas queer (ART)
documenta fifteen June 18 – September 25, 2022, Kassel, Germany
Top photo: Anicka Yi Tate Turbine Hall Photo PC Robinson n Â© Artlyst 2021