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Tate’s Young People’s Programme presents Undercurrent, a series of events, installations and interventions by audio, visual, digital and performance artists.

Over eleven days the programme invites a diverse range of artists and audiences to explore the relationship and influences of subcultures upon dominant or mainstream culture. At the core is the exploration of the ‘underground’ and the under-represented. The programme will capture the nuances, signifiers and codes of the transference of counter culture, as well as providing participatory and ephemeral art platforms to examine the parallels, contrasts and connections that make or define culture.

The Tanks represent a space for new modes of experimentation and participation. Undercurrent, structured and developed for and by young people, re-considers how the exchange of ideas, creative actions, learning and artistic collaborative practices can affect and reconfigure the role of galleries and museums of the twenty first century.

Artists will expose some of the influences of wider visual, audio and performance movements and genres from Cabaret Voltaire to Jerry Dammers to Bruce Lee. Practices from Dubstep to Theremin, from Leigh Bowery to Bounty Killer will be reassigned to allow artists and participants to test new ground in interdisciplinary art. 

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Part of the series The Tanks: Art in Action 

Events in this series

Performance and music

Thursday 16 – Friday 17 August 2012, 10.00 – 17.00
Friday 17 August 2012, 19.0020.30
Saturday 18 August 2012, 11.0017.00
Sunday 19 August 2012, 11.0021.30
Saturday 18 August 2012, 19.0021.30
Tuesday 21 August 2012, 11.0017.00
Wednesday 22 August 2012, 11.0017.00
Thursday 23 August 2012, 11.0017.00
Thursday 23 August 2012, 19.0020.30
Friday 24 August 2012, 11.0017.00
Friday 24 August 2012, 19.0021.30
Saturday 25 August 2012, 11.00–17.00 and 19.00–21.30; Sunday 26 August 2012, 11.00–17.00
Monday 27 August 2012, 11.0017.00

Talks and lectures

Friday 17 August – Monday 27 August 2012, 15.00 – 16.00