Tate Modern Workshop

Dead Reckoning

Bern O'Donoghue 'Dead Reckoning'. Image: Marcia Chandra

Join us for an afternoon of participation, debate, feedback and collective reflection

20th November: 14.00-17.00

Drop-in and join artist Bern O’Donoghue and Counterpoints Arts in the making of Dead Reckoning, an immersive installation. O’Donoghue turns data collected by the International Organisation for Migration into something relatable to our everyday. Participants are encouraged to collaborate and consider the experience of migrants and refugees, while also thinking about how those of us living more secure lives might engage supportively with refugees.

Dead Reckoning invites visitors into the process of making the artwork, turning abstract data into something embodied and human. The work is dependent on collaboration, with O’Donoghue asking questions, exchanging stories and dispelling myths.

This participatory installation draws upon the Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera, a community-driven response to the global migration crisis and is in conversation with Lost in Europe.

21st November: 14.00-16.00

Join our Counterpoints Arts Learning Lab focusing on artist Bern O’Donoghue and his installation, Dead Reckoning. This Lab will explore O’Donoghue’s unique methodology and her ‘artivist’ work. As O’Donoghue puts it: It is in the small and the simple where human scale may be found, where one mind is changed, and we begin to change the world.

This will include a presentation by O’Donoghue followed by a conversation with invited guests from across the arts and members of Tate Neighbours.

Bern O'Donoghue is a Brighton-based visual artist working across many creative disciplines exploring the widening of participation. Her practice has strong visual and experimental elements. Through projects such as Dear Dave and Nick, Dead Reckoning and Refugees Crossing, she has been particularly interested in exploring the language and means of engagement in the arts and in holding public figures accountable.

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20 November 2018 at 14.00–17.00

21 November 2018 at 14.00–16.00

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