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Winchester School of Art explores a world of ‘objects’ at Tate Modern

Published: 3 April 2019
Recycled denim elephant
Recycled denim elephant due to feature in Masai Mara / World of Boro event

Students and staff from the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art are staging three days of interactive artwork at Tate Exchange in the Tate Modern (London).

Responding to this year’s Tate theme of ‘Movement’ – the School will be giving people the chance to take part in Itinerant Objects, a long weekend (5 – 7 April) of many different events exploring the idea that when objects are transformed or exchanged, they become new things – taking on new meanings and creating new situations.

Across the three days, visitors are invited to bring, place and move objects around the floor of the Tate Exchange to contribute to a piece of participatory artwork titled, SLIP. In addition, on Saturday, a life size elephant made of recycled denim will be on show during Masai Mara / World of Boro – an event which will also give people the opportunity to create a whole new artwork using recycled material. During Sunday, Messy Assemblages gives the chance to experience what happens to objects when they move from the physical state, to a digital one and back again.

Tea set
Crockery for tea ceremony performance

Alongside the main activities, the event will also host talks, debates, storytelling and even a daily tea ceremony!

Ian Dawson, Lecturer in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and staff to connect with the wider public and other artists in what is a radically open form of curation hosted at one of the largest and most high profile museums of modern and contemporary art in the world.

“The emphasis of the weekend of events is very much on getting people involved. We’d like them to feel fully engaged in the process and share ideas about the objects that make up their own lives.”

Itinerant Objects is the result of collaborative work between Winchester School of Art, South West University, China, and Trinity Winchester (a charity that addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability).

Tate Exchange is a space on the fifth floor of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern, London, described as a ‘place for all to play, create, reflect and question what art can mean to our everyday’. Working with over 60 Associates from the UK and internationally, it offers a platform for all involved to explore how art and society meet.

Artwork by Trinity Winchester
Artwork by Trinity Winchester
Exhibit from 'SLIP' event
Exhibit from 'SLIP' event
Digital artwork from Messy Assemblages
Digital art work from Messy Assemblages
Digital artwork from Messy Assemblages
Digital artwork from Messy Assemblages

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