Tate Britain Talk

On Perspective: From Turner to Today

Illusion created from a mirror installation

Disappear Here 2018 (installation show), courtesy Sam Jacob Studio

Join us for a special discussion on perspective in art and architecture ​

Representations of space and questions of perspective have fascinated artists for centuries. Join us for this special discussion exploring historic and contemporary approaches to perspective featuring artist Jim Lambie, renowned for his dazzling floor designs that transform perceptions of space, and architect Sam Jacob, whose new interactive installation at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) includes drawings by J.M.W. Turner. The talk will be chaired by Shumi Bose, Curator (Exhibitions) at RIBA, and will be followed by a private view of the Turner Collection in the Clore Gallery.

In association with RIBA.


Jim Lambie (born 1964 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a contemporary visual artist, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Turner Prize with an installation called Mental Oyster. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art (1990-1994) with a BA (Hons) degree. He lives and works in Glasgow, and also operates as a musician and DJ.

Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design. Sam Jacob Studio was established in 2014 and projects include designing a gallery for the V&A in Shenzhen, China; ‘The Stack’ – a small living space with attached library for the London Design Festival, in partnership with Mini; and co-curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2014). Sam Jacob is Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. He is one of the founding trio of architects of FAT (Fashion, Architecture, Taste – disbanded in 2013 after 23 years). Described as the UK’s ‘most playful’ architecture practice, FAT’s projects included A House for Essex with Grayson Perry, the BBC Studios in Cardiff, and the Blue House in Hackney. Sam Jacob is also contributing editor for Icon magazine, columnist for Art Review and Dezeen, and a regular participant in talks and events for institutions such as MoMA, the Southbank Centre and the Soane Museum.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.

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© Jim Lambie

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The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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21 September 2018 at 18.30–20.00

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The J Isaacs Charitable Trust

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