If you’ve ever wanted to see your own artwork up on the walls of Tate Modern, or fancied yourself as an art critic – now’s your chance. A pioneering new project, Bloomberg Connects, launches today, with an open invitation to Tate Modern visitors to make their mark
This new creative space, supported by Bloomberg, includes seventy-five screens cascading in a spine down the central stairway and concourses at the gallery, displaying visitors’ ideas and comments about art. A digital drawing bar will allow people to respond visually to their visit and see large-scale versions of their drawings projected on Tate’s walls.
Artists from all over the world are also taking part. In a new interactive film series named Global Studios, international artists open up their studios and answer questions from gallery visitors via online video. Artist Meschac Gaba launches the series as he takes us around the streets of his home town of Benin, Africa, which he considers his working space and inspiration. These and other art documentaries will be presented in specially designed new screening spaces at Tate Modern.
The various elements of Bloomberg Connects have been brought together by the acclaimed interactive designers Jason Bruges Studio. Combining upcycled hardware with the latest technology, the screens on the stairways are former office-use monitors donated by Bloomberg and run on cutting edge Raspberry Pi computers. Motion sensors on interactive screens on the concourses create digital installations that respond to visitors’ movements as people approach them, ‘making eye contact’ and playfully inviting participation.
Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate says: ‘In the coming years we need to devote as much attention to the digital as we have given recently to the physical expansion and improvement of our buildings. Bloomberg Connects encourages the creativity which exists within each one of us and recognises the importance of dialogue. We are grateful to Bloomberg for building on their support of pioneering digital interpretation at Tate Modern and for making possible the next vital steps in our digital journey.’