NAM JUNE PAIK @ Tate Modern: Uniqlo Tate Lates

Last week Friday I had the pleasure of visiting the Tate Modern as part of my date for the night. It’s part of an ongoing project run by Uniqlo that runs a late night opening at the Tate Modern on the last Friday of every month. This month the exhibition was NAM JUNE PAIK.

Yoko Ono has selected three instructional scores for November’s Uniqlo Tate Lates, dedicated to Nam June Paik, taken from her 1964 book Grapefruit for you to enact. Water Piece will see you stealing the moon at a guided movement class. Join sessions at 18.30, 19.30 and 20.30, each session lasts around 25 minutes. The way you steal the moon is Tate’s interpretation.

Me and my date visited several parts of the exhibition including the Hackoustic installations on the Level 1 Bridge of the gallery.

The installations were by the community hacking group Hackoustic who combine technology and traditional instruments to explore sound. We got to speak to the artists and interact with their mix of sound-making machines and experiments.

We also went to the ‘Picturing Climate’ exhibit on the Tate Exchange, Blavatnik Building, Level 5.

This exhibit explores how photography, video, theatre and storytelling can generate action around climate breakdown. There were artists, researchers and cultural organisations there tackling the question of awareness and actioned around climate change in the context of four different countries – Cuba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, and the UK.

We got to sit on on poems around this topic and a panel discussion outlining the works that have been done, as well as interactive installations and photographic exhibits.

Whilst we were there, we also went to the 10th floor to see the spectacular view of London at night along the balcony that runs all the way around the Cafe that can potentially give a 360* view.

The views are breathtaking and extremely romantic. A perfect way to finish off a stimulating and energising exhibition based Date Night.

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