ORGAN THING OF THE DAY: Resonance FM’s Tate à Tate – A resonance FM art adventure this coming Saturday. Here’s what London’s rather unique arts radio station has to say 9in their own words)….
“This is a highly effective, unpreventable form of non-violent dissent – and also a sensual, personal work of art in its own right.”
Join us (on July 12th) on an alternative group tour of London’s Tate galleries facilitated by a special Resonance FM broadcast. Real life and radio combine as you are guided through Tate Britain, onto the Tate Boat and through the Tate Modern by a sequence of guerilla audio guides created by leading London artists.
These specially designed sound works explore BP’s controversial sponsorship of the Tate galleries. They were commissioned by Liberate Tate, Art Not Oil and Platform London as part of the campaign to end fossil fuel sponsorship of the arts. The works are by Ansuman Biswas (Tate Britain), Isa Suarez, Mae Martin and Mark McGowan aka The Artist Taxi Driver (Tate Boat) and Jim Whelton and Phil England (Tate Modern).
If you’re not able to attend the event in person, you can still listen to the broadcast of the tours along with special guest interviews and a panel discussion on Resonance FM.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
12:00pm – assemble on the front steps of Tate Britain, tune in to Resonance 104.4 FM broadcast (30 mins)
12:30pm – Tate Britain tour starts: “Panaudicon” by Ansuman Biswas (46 mins)
13:16pm – assemble at Tate Boat loading jetty, board Tate Boat (31 mins)
13:47pm – Tate Boat departs, Tate Boat tour starts: “This is Not an Oil Tanker” by Isa Suarez, Mae Martin and Mark McGowan aka The Artist Taxi Driver (duration 20 mins)
14:07pm – break, then assemble at start point outside sloping entrance of Tate Modern (33 mins)
14:40pm – Tate Modern tour starts: “Drilling the Dirt (A Temporary Difficulty)” by Phil England and Jim Whelton (duration 50 mins)
15:30pm – listen to Resonance FM’s panel discussion on ending fossil fuel sponsorship of the arts (30 mins)
You will need to bring a smartphone with FM radio (or other FM radio device) and earbuds/headphones.
Familiarise yourself with the FM radio in advance. Also try out the ResonanceFM audio feed in your web browser as a back up: http://resonancefm.com/listen
Please note: there is a charge for the Tate Boat. The full charge is £6.50 but there are discounts if you have an Oyster or London Student Card, are a Tate member, are a child under 16 or traveling as a family. For full list of rates see: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-boat
What the press say:
“A tricky and thought-provoking topic, handled with imagination and a lightness of touch.” Metro
“A portable piece of cultural activism for the modern age.” Art Monthly
“No doubt this is one innovation that the Tate feels it could do without.” The Independent
“This isn’t a lecture, or an ordinary audio tour. But it is a phenomenal way to spend a free weekend. The listener enjoys a sensory experience beyond the curator’s wildest corporate-sponsored dreams, being led gradually through the galleries, spliced together with a cacophony of sounds, spoken word, rhythmic beats and poetry. The triumph is that this is a highly effective, unpreventable form of non-violent dissent – and also a sensual, personal work of art in its own right.” The Kentish Towner
Ansuman Biswas has produced this amazing guidebook to accompany his audio guide to Tate Britain especially for this event. We are very happy that Ansuman will also be around to greet and meet people on Saturday at the start of the tour and to introduce his piece.