Tate Worlds: Soul of the Soulless City
This Minecraft map is based on Christopher Nevinson's painting The Soul of the Soulless City 1920
  • Tate Worlds: Soul of the Soulless City
    This Minecraft map is based on Christopher Nevinson's painting The Soul of the Soulless City 1920

Tate has teamed up with leading Minecraft mapmakers to create virtual 3-D worlds inspired by artworks. The virtual environments or ‘maps’ known as Tate Worlds are based on paintings and sculptures in the Tate Collection. Players of the video game can explore and undertake activities and challenges that relate to the themes of the art work, or explore how they were made.

The first Tate Worlds maps will be available to download for free online at www.tate.org.uk/tateworlds from Monday 24 November 2014. Focusing on the theme of ‘Cities’ the first two maps are inspired by André Derain’s 1906 painting of London, The Pool of London, and Christopher Nevinson’s 1920 painting of New York, Soul of the Soulless City.

Tate Worlds offers gamers a unique experience combining art, history and adventure.  In Tate Worlds: Soul of the Soulless City, inspired by the futurist-style painting by Nevinson, players will enter the bustling and fast-changing place of 1920s New York, as depicted in the painting. On entering the Tate Worlds map, Minecraft players will board a train taking them past New York landmarks of the time, before they roller-coast into the future as the skyscrapers go up and up. The sights and sounds of the ‘roaring twenties’ will accompany the journey as the players build a skyscraper, join construction workers for a dangerous sky-high lunch, and race to catch a movie.

Six more Tate Worlds maps will be released over the coming year on the themes of ‘Play’, ‘Destruction’ and ‘Fantasy’, inspired by well-known artworks including John Singer Sargent’s, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-6; Peter Blake’s, The Toy Shop, 1962; John Martin’s, The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, 1822; and Cornelia Parker’s, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991.

Jane Burton, Creative Director, Tate Media said: “Minecraft is a wonderful game which embraces imagination and creativity. It has captivated millions of children and young people across the world. In playfully reimagining art in Tate Worlds for Minecraft we hope to introduce a new generation to inspirational works from Tate’s collection.”

Tate Worlds will be launched at Insomnia53 Gaming Festival, Ricoh Arena in Coventry. For more information and how to download the maps for Minecraft players, visit www.tate.org.uk/tateworlds

Tate Worlds is a collaboration with Adam Clarke, Lead Artist and Producer, The Common People; Map maker Dragnoz and Minecraft builders Kupo, Featherblade and Tewkesape; Jane Burton, Creative Director, and Tony Guillan, Producer, Tate.

Notes to Editor

Tate Worlds: The Pool of LondonExplore London along the Thames as Fauvist painter André Derain did in 1906. Taking inspiration from Derain's painting of ‘The Pool of London’, a section of the river Thames where ships unloaded cargo and goods were traded, discover historical landmarks in a brightly coloured world, like the painting itself. Starting at London Bridge, visit historic sites such as The Tower of London; climb ‘The Queens Pipe’ chimney at St Katharine’s Dock; and descend into the forgotten river Nickinger that runs beneath the city whilst you search for the pigments Monsieur Derain used in his paintings.Tate Worlds: Soul of the Soulless CityNew York in the 1920s was a bustling and fast-changing place. Its emerging skyscrapers and railways epitomised the dynamism of the modern metropolis, inspiring British artist Christopher Nevinson to paint his Futurist-style painting Soul of the Soulless City in 1920.Minecraft is an open-ended 3-D video game which allows players to build environments and cities using building blocks of materials such as wood and stone.Tate Worlds maps are available free to players of Minecraft on PC or Mac only. Tate Worlds maps were created in Minecraft version 1.8. To play Tate Worlds via your Minecraft account you will need the latest version of Minecraft.


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