Tania Bruguera at the Tate Modern: Experiences to Sensitise Us to Encounters with Others

Tania Bruguera at the Tate Modern: Experiences to Sensitise Us to Encounters with Others
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The title is a number that constantly changes, that of migrants on the move in the last year and that of those who have lost their lives during the journey. Yet the theme of the most recent work by Tania Bruguera at the Tate Modern is a constant in the work of the Cuban artist - in Turbine Hall, which ho-sts a different site-specific project every year, the ideas of borders and migration meet with the concept of neighbourhoods to explore possible ways of changing local communities, breaking down emotional boundaries, fear and apathy. “Arte Ùtil” is the term used by the artist to indicate creative processes that have a concrete influence on the sensibility and daily life of the viewing public. The Tate Modern will also seek, this year, to experiment with new ways of interacting with the surrounding community, represented by 21 inhabitants of the neighbourhood, in an ever-increasing context of collaboration. Whoever enters, even just once, into the spaces of Turbine Hall must first allow the mutation title-number of the exhibition to be stamped on their hand. Then a series of symbolic experiences will profoundly engage them. For example, they will work along with other visitors to visualise the face of Yusef, a Syrian refugee living in London for seven years, hidden in a heat-sensitive pavement. They will immerse themselves in the low frequency sounds of Steve Goodman, known as Kode9 and founder of the label Hyperdub, filling the space with unsettling energy. Finally, they will be moved into a separate room, where an organic compost filling the air will provoke what Bruguera calls “forced empathy”, even brought all the way to tears.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London