On 15 September Tate Liverpool opened an art installation with a difference.
American artist Doug Aitken and British architect David Adjaye have collaborated for the first time to design a pavilion that has been specially built outside Tate Liverpool on the historic Albert Dock.
Commissioned as part of Liverpool Biennial 2012, Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken – The Souce is also the first project in the Sky Arts Ignition Series, an initiative launched in 2011 to support the creation of major new works of art as well as nurture emerging talent.
The pavilion houses a series of filmed conversations with leading cultural figures from a range of backgrounds, including Beck, Tilda Swinton and Jack White. These interviews explore what the source of creativity is, and how creative ideas are realised.
At 14.2 metres in diameter, with a sloping roof that ranges from 2.8m to 4.8m in height, the pavilion provides an immersive environment in which to experience these films during the day, with a night-time presence created through the projection of Aitken’s work on the outer walls of the circular structure.
Built from a wooden frame and a combination of corrugated acrylic and bitumen panels, the pavilion is a temporary structure that deliberately separates Aitken’s work from the traditional gallery space in order to create a new cultural destination.