UBS Openings: Saturday Live Actions & Interruptions is a day of activity at Tate Modern exploring performance as it happens within everyday interaction rather than as a one-off event in a theatre space. The works, by five artists who are leading exponents in this field, will erupt and appear in various locations in the galleries and public spaces at Tate Modern, throughout Saturday 10 March. Some of these works will emerge as forms of invisible theatre while others will invite potential participation by members of the public.
Tate Modern is an incredibly popular place for people to visit and the Turbine Hall resembles a crowded public square or a street: a unique space that is both an accessible, open space and a museum. By exploring the ways in which visitors interact within the space, the artists will experiment by inserting artworks that challenge or alter expected ways of behaving. The works will be anthropological in focus and will examine rituals of behaviour performed by people inside the museum: whether standing in line in a queue, following designated routes around the building or not expecting to talk to other visitors.
One of the works will be Good Feelings in Good Times 2003 by Roman Ondak, a fictional queue played by actors. The day will also feature individual actions that go against the grain of ordinary behaviour by Czech artist, Jiri Kovanda, and simple actions that invite mass participation by Danish artists Marie Lund and Nina Baier. Mario Garcia Torres, who is based in Los Angeles, will create a new piece influenced by Vito Acconci's following piece 1969. Dora Garcia will present a piece played by two actors giving predictions to the public called The Prophet.
The day of happenings will involve a conversation with the artists and Tate Curator, Catherine Wood and independent curator of Bristol based Situations, Clare Doherty at 6.30pm in the Starr Auditorium.