Artist Harrell Fletcher invites buskers to take their performances from the tube stations and streets of London into the gallery to play live, online to the BMW Tate Live Performance Room’s global audience on 28 June.
Harrell Fletcher’s work often takes the form of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. For his BMW Tate Live performance, Where I’m Calling From, buskers will shift from playing to a localLondon audience to performing on a global online stage. By moving these musicians from tube station, to gallery space, and then back out to the world through the web, Harrell Fletcher aims to question value, and the influence of the internet.
Where I’m Calling From continues the BMW Tate Live Performance Room series - a pioneering programme of live, online performances simultaneously seen by international audiences across world time zones at www.youtube.com/tate.
Audiences only view the BMW Tate Live performances on the internet and are invited to enter the online Performance Room via www.youtube.com/tate at 20.00 hrs in theUK and exactly the same moment across time zones on the specified dates - 16.00 hrs on the East Coast of America, 21.00 hrs in mainlineEurope and 23.00 hrs inRussia.
The global audience are encouraged to chat with other viewers via social media channels during the performance and to put questions to the artist or curator following it using Tate’s social media channels: Twitter using #BMWTateLiveQ and Facebook.
This innovative format offers international audiences an opportunity to experience performance works through an entirely new mode of presentation. Each performance is archived and available to view online after the live event. Previous artists to perform in the series are Jérôme Bel, Pablo Bronstein and Emily Roysdon.
BMW Tate Live is a four-year partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space. BMW Tate Live: Performance Room is the inaugural strand of the partnership and features five commissions in 2012.
BMW Tate Live is curated by Catherine Wood, Curator, Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate, and Kathy Noble, Curator of Interdisciplinary Projects, Tate.