Haegue Yang: Dress Vehicles
Tate Modern: Exhibition, The Tanks at Tate Modern: Exhibition
11 September 16 September 2012

Timed choreographed performances to be announced

Part of the series The Tanks: Live programme

  • Haegue Yang Dress Vehicle – Bulky Lacoste Birdy 2011

    Haegue Yang
    Dress Vehicle – Bulky Lacoste Birdy 2011
    Mobile performative sculpture
    Installation view, Teacher of Dance, Modern Art Oxford, UK, 2011

    © Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery, Seoul Photo: Stuart Whipps

Haegue Yang’s mobile sculptures, Dress Vehicles, are displayed in the Tanks. The wheeled structures are constructed from aluminium frames, blinds and intricate knotted textile macramé. They have been given titles Bulky Lacoste Birdy, Zig Zag and Yin Yang and are inspired by the choreographed geometry of Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadisches Ballett 1922. The sculptures are animated by performers who are invited to choreograph their own movements in the space, creating a relationship between performer and object as they ‘dance’ together. A programme of moving lights will further animate the sculptures, the performers and the space itself. This will be triggered by the sound created from a drum-kit and microphone that the visitors are invited to interact with.

Yang (born Seoul, Korea, 1971, lives and works Berlin) works with everyday materials, often domestic ones, to create colourful installations that frequently combine industrial materials with sensory effects using light and scent. She has also created a number of different performance and video works. Yang graduated from Seoul National University with a BFA and emigrated to Germanyin 1994. There she received her Meisterschüler from Städelschule Frankfurt am Main in 1999. Solo exhibitions include the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011), Modern Art Oxford (2011), the New Museum, New York (2010–11), the Artsonje Center, Seoul (2010), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009–10) and Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (2008). She represented Korea at the Biennale di Venezia (2009) and has participated in the Bienal de São Paulo (2006). Most recently her work was included in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany (2012).

With special thanks to Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and Kukje Gallery, Seoul.

Part of the series The Tanks: Art in Action