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London's Tate Modern Has Been Turned Into a Swing-Filled Playground for Adults

Running until April 2018, it's the latest project from Danish artists’ collective SUPERFLEX.
By Sarah Ward
October 08, 2017
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London's Tate Modern Has Been Turned Into a Swing-Filled Playground for Adults

Running until April 2018, it's the latest project from Danish artists’ collective SUPERFLEX.
By Sarah Ward
October 08, 2017
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Swing into London's Tate Modern until April 2018, and you'll literally be swinging thanks to their latest large-scale installation. Teaming up with Danish artists' collective SUPERFLEX, the gallery's Turbine Hall now boasts playground equipment as part of its newest commission, which comes with the apt title of One Two Three Swing!

The numbers in the piece's moniker don't just refer to the countdown everyone does in their head before they set a swing in motion. They also indicate that each of the installation's pieces has been built for three. That means gathering up two pals and heading for a swinging good time is on the agenda, with the work designed to get audiences to be more social through collaboration — the coordination it takes to get a three-person swing to do its thing, for example.

22 swings feature in total, all connected by their orange frames and all conceived "as an assembly line for collective movement," according to the exhibition's press release. They comprise of the movement section of the work, which also features apathy and production components. In the former, attendees can lie on a 770-square-metre carpet — in a colour scheme inspired by British currency — and view a a large pendulum suspended from the ceiling by a 20 metre cable. In the latter, a factory station assembles swing seats, storing them for later use.

During the installation's six-month run, One Two Three Swing! will also expand beyond the Tate Modern, with plans to spread the swings throughout London and even possibly further afield. If that sounds like an ambitious project, it's just the latest for SUPERFLEX, who were formed in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen and Rasmus Nielsen, and helped designed Copenhagen's 30,000-square-metre Superkilen park.

One Two Three Swing! runs at the Tate Modern, London until April 2, 2018. For more information, head to the gallery's website.

Via The Guardian. Images: Tate Modern.

 

Published on October 08, 2017 by Sarah Ward

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