A second chance to watch Nora Schultz’s performance of Terminal + captured live on Thursday 11 December 2015 at Tate Modern

About the performance

Nora Schultz presents Terminal +, a new work that explores the hyper-real and detached nature of cyberspace.

For this work Schultz references Steven Spielberg’s film Terminal, where a man finds himself trapped in an American airport terminal when refused entry to the US and simultaneously unable to return to his own country after his nationality status is declared invalid. In this work, Tate’s Performance Room becomes a liminal terminal to cyberspace, where Schultz plays the part of the protagonist stationed within the terminal, deconstructing its foam-lined interior, using sections of the foam to then print their folded shapes on the floor and walls of the room. As the performance progresses, there is a transformation from the physical to digital as the work is broadcast live via the Internet. A countdown, a recurring element in Schultz’s work, is present through a looping voiceover, which also includes the voice of the protagonist in Terminal +.  

Nora Schultz’s practice spans sculpture, installation and photography. Schultz assembles found materials into abstract sculptures, which become the main protagonists of her performance. Often working with printing devices and rotary presses to make monumental, sculptural arrangements and prints, Schultz regularly turns this process into live performances. Schultz also works with industrial materials, refuse and discarded objects, repurposing these found materials in a process committed to interrogating the mechanisms of artistic process.

Nora Schultz currently lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo shows and performances include parrottree—building for bigger than real at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, 2014, Rug Import at Campoli Presti, London, 2013, as well as Portikus Printing Plant and Portikus Sounds at Portikus, Frankfurt, 2012, Countdown Performance, (as part of Words in the World) at MoMA, New York, 2012 and Hebezeug at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, 2010. Her work has also been exhibited in group shows, including in Nature After Nature at Fredericianum, Kassel 2013, Some Redemptions at Soloway, New York, 2014, Version Control at Arnolfini, Bristol, 2013, Ecstatic Alphabets at MoMA, New York, 2012 and Comma 35 at Bloomberg Space, London, 2011.

Nora Schultz Approaching Terminal + 2014

Nora Schultz Approaching Terminal + 2014

Photo:
© the artist

Performance

Audiences are invited to enter the online BMW Tate Live Performance Room via http://www.youtube.com/user/tate/tatelive at 20.00 in the UK and exactly the same moment across time zones on the specified dates:
15.00 on the East Coast of America
21.00 in mainland Europe
23.00 in Russia

Live Q&A

During the performance you are encouraged to chat with other viewers from around the world via Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and to ask the artist or curator questions which will be answered at the end of the performance during the live Q&A. You can access the latest updates @TateLive using #BMWTateLive, Tate Facebook or Tate Google+.

BMW Tate Live is curated by Catherine Wood, Curator, Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate and Capucine Perrot, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

BMW Tate Live is a partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space.