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The Great Tate Mod Blog gives public a say in development of new gallery

The Great Tate Mod Blog gives public a say in development of new gallery: Press related to past news.

Tate, with the help of BT, is inviting people around the world to photograph examples of their favourite interior spaces on their mobile phones and send the images to the Tate website with the launch of The Great Tate Mod Blog on Tate Online on 5 December 2007.

The images will form a photographic ‘mood board’ for the kinds of interiors spaces, ambience and design that the public would like to see in the new development of Tate Modern. Favourite spaces might include a café or bar, chill-out space, lounge, domestic interior or public space. Herzog de Meuron, the architects of the new development of Tate Modern, and Tate staff will also be contributing pictures of their own favourite interior spaces and source material.

The project will culminate in display at Tate Modern in summer 2008, showing the photographic ‘mood board’ and some of the best ideas and comments generated over the six-month period.

People can also send pictures directly from their computer or from Flickr to They can add a short text message to their pictures or search the ‘mood board’ for similar tagged images.

Tate will also initiate a conversation about these ideas in the form of a regularly updated blog. The blog will introduce a new subject for discussion each week and will pose questions for the public to respond to. It will also include interviews with interesting design practitioners and will canvas opinion from different groups including young people, artists and families about what they want of the new museum.  Anyone will be able to comment on the posts.

Editor notes

BT has been the online partner of Tate since 2001, and has provided web hosting, streaming and content design including interactive video delivery, to help Tate Online achieve its aim of making art more accessible to all via the internet. The work is delivered in-house by BT which works closely with Tate to develop the possibilities of broadband to create highly innovative designs, interfaces and interactive videos for Tate.