This July Tate will open the world’s first museum galleries permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, performance, installation and film works

The Tanks are raw, industrial, subterranean spaces, each measuring over thirty metres across and seven metres high, which will anchor the display of the live art and film programmes at Tate Modern. Live and interdisciplinary work, which has always been presented in diverse spaces around Tate Modern, will now also have a permanent home. Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern explains:

‘Over the past ten years our experience in using the Turbine Hall for live events has demonstrated both the potential for Tate and an appetite on the part of the audience. By having these new spaces we can offer a different pace in our programming so that performance and installation can carry as much weight as anything else we’re doing. The Tanks are a new type of public space for art which is about social play. They provide the foundation for what we hope to be a revolutionary programme for the new Tate Modern.’

The Tanks will be launched with a fifteen-week festival celebrating new directions in art practice, audience participation and learning. It will run from 18 July to 28 October 2012, as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, and will include more than 40 established and emerging artists from across the world, including Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Jeff Keen (UK), Boris Charmatz (France), Liu Ding (China), Rabih Mroue (Lebanon), Yvonne Rainer (France), Keren Cytter (Israel), Nina Beuer (Denmark) and Takashi Murakami (Japan).

Sung Hwan Kim, Washing Brain and Corn 2012

Washing Brain and Corn, Sung Hwan Kim, 2010, video still

© Sung Hwan Kim

The East Tank will house a major new commission by Sung Hwan Kim, and the South Tank will show a rolling series of projects exploring the history of performance, film and interdisciplinary work alongside newly-commissioned projects. The Transformer and Drum Galleries will showcase some recently acquired film and performance works: Suzanne Lacy’s Crystal Quilt 1987 and Lis Rhodes’s Light Music 1975. The Festival will also include debates, performances and interventions programmed by Tate Collectives as well as sound, performance and film events for families and visitors of all ages.

 scene from Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich 1982, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich 1982

Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

Look out for these programme highlights:

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, one of the most important choreographers of the late 20th century, reworking and performing a version of her early work Fase 1982.

Tania Bruguera in residence in the South Tank for three weeks, running workshops and discussions on her latest project.

Aldo Tambellini re-envisioning his seminal 1960s electromedia environments, with immersive projections and live musical and spoken word performances.

Haegue Yang’s new installation of her mobile performative sculptures Dress Vehicles, allowing you to create your own performance.

Undercurrent: ten days of music and performance commissioned by Tate Collectives rooted in London’s sub-cultures and including events with Rinse FM, Dubmorphology, ISYS Archive and Boiler Room.