Artist Anicka Yi offers a vision of a new ecosystem within the Turbine Hall, the large post-industrial space at the heart of Tate Modern.
Originally part of Bankside Power Station, the hall was built to house electricity-generating machinery. Yi’s installation populates the space with machines once again. Floating in the air, her machines – called aerobes – are based on ocean life forms and mushrooms. They re-imagine artificial intelligence, and encourage us to think about new ways machines might inhabit the world. Yi has also created unique scentscapes which change weekly, with odours linked to a specific time in the history of Bankside.
Yi is known for her experimental work which explores the merging of technology and biology. Through breaking down distinctions between plants, animals, micro-organisms and machines, she asks us to think about further understanding ourselves as humans and the ecosystems we live in.
Livestream of the Commission
Join us here every Thursday from 10.00-18.00 GMT to watch a livestream of the aerobes in flight.
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Production Management: Petra Schmidt, Production Manager, Commissions, Tate Modern
Production Consultation for Anicka Yi Studio: Laura Lupton, New York
Anicka Yi Studio: Riley Duncan, Remina Greenfield, Hana Tran, Saul Valaitis
Technical Lead: AKA Media System, New York
Aerobe Behaviour Design and Development: Sitara Systems, Las Vegas
Aerobes: Airstage, Riederich
Real-time location system based on UWB technology: Pozyx, Ghent
Technical crew: KitMapper, London
Battery Pond: millimetre, Brighton
Scent consultation: Dr Pamela Dalton, Philadelphia
Scents: Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, with additional scents provided by International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.
Production Assistance: Jessica Baxter and Lynn Rothwell, Exhibition Assistants; Gareth Fox, AV Technician, Tate Modern