Tate Modern Course

Order and Chance: The Unmaking of Time

Led by artist Sarah Sparkes

This five-session course invites you to celebrate and engage with the diverse body of works and processes developed by the Italian artist Alighiero e Boetti. His extensive artistic practice is unique in the choice of materials, techniques and artistic strategies that he developed over the three decades of his professional life.

Time – its construction and de-construction – appeared as a recurring theme for Boetti. He was interested in the relationship between the conception of an idea and its execution, often directing others to make his artworks. Boetti considered everything in the world of potential use to the artist. The ephemera of the everyday were media through which he could explore his interest in the opposing relationship between order and chance, the individual and society, error and perfection.

Inspired by Boetti’s practice, this course is an opportunity to investigate and practically engage with the methods of working collaboratively and individually to create both intimate and large-scale works. Using everyday, easily accessible ephemera such as postcards, calendars, magazines, diaries, graph paper, maps and charts, we explore the representation of time and other systems of order and how to visually ‘unmake’ them.

This five-session course will conclude with a small exhibition of work on Saturday 31 March 2012, 16.00–17.00 in the Level 7 East Room at Tate Modern, open to friends and family.

No technical knowledge is required. All levels of ability are welcome.

Ticket price includes entry to the Alighiero Boetti exhibition and refreshments. Please note the various locations at which the course is held.

Session locations

Monday 5 March 2012, 18.45–20.45 in the Level 1 Clore Studio at Tate Modern

Monday 12 March 2012, 18.45–20.45 in the Level 1 Clore Studio at Tate Modern

Monday 19 March 2012, 18.45–20.45 in the Level 3 Studio C at Tate Modern

Monday 26 March 2012, 18.45–20.45 in the Level 1 Clore Studio at Tate Modern

Saturday 31 March 2012, 13.00–17.00 in the Level 7 East Room at Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Clore Hub

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


5 March 2012 at 18.45–20.45

12 March 2012 at 18.45–20.45

19 March 2012 at 18.45–20.45

31 March 2012 at 13.00–17.00

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