You might classify this particular piece as a form of performance art, but for Sehgal, it's yet another opportunity to explore social encounters. On first look, the hall appears empty except for a hundred or so expected museum goers. What one doesn't realize is that some of these people are members of the general public, where as others are actors, contributing to Sehgal's piece. The actors are young and old, and all that distinguishes them (spoiler alert), is their trainers (running shoes).
The piece involves choreographed sound, light, movement, and conversation, but most importantly the human interaction between the actors and the general public.
|A running phase.|
|As they turn their backs and walk away...|
|Yeah, no idea who that guy was, though twice, he was in our space.|
|Deep in conversation.|
|As they sit down and hang out...|
We were completely captured by the experience. Initially we got right in there with the actors, then we watched it from the periphery, and eventually from the bridge above. I could have stayed there for hours, as the actions rarely repeated themselves. I may even pop back later this week. The best part is that the Tate is by donation (as are the majority of the London Museums).
If you haven't been, I would totally recommend a visit.
Here's a glimpse at the piece in motion (it's hard to get the full idea because I only really captured a strange chanting bit in this video...but at least you can see some of it in action).
Tino Sehgal (The Unilever Series) from Courtenay Spencer on Vimeo.
If you would like to see it, you need to hurry, as the exhibit closes on October 28th.