This blog will document the progress of a collaboration between 9 artists working with the Tate Modern and part of the Unliver sponsored series called The Turbine Generation form the UK and collaborating with their partners in Brazil ending in a live performance and video series.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Tate Other production stills

This is a collection of production stills taken from the Tate Other: Inside Out/ Outside In video project. The photographs give a concise overview of our filming process, showing the variety of camera techniques we employed in order to capture the personal lives of our subjects. 

copy right of Tate Turbine Generation 2012

Friday, 22 June 2012

A Dictionary of Taste

A Dictionary of Taste
In this project we want to explore a person's immediate response to something, whether that is a physical object or an abstract idea, by reducing it to a question of like or dislike. When people receive these pre-made stickers we hope that they will use them to manually label what they approve and disapprove of, and then afterwards photograph the labelled object, in either a creative or straight-forward manner. In the end we plan to have a large, varied database of like/dislike photos from around the world, essentially creating an online dictionary of taste.

Mapping the research

After gathering the raw materials from our primary research we manipulated and combined them in an experimental approach, attempting to explore the interplay between the different ideas we had collected. The overall results leaned towards an abstract representation of the themes through collage. 

Street Performers

This collection of photographs shows initial research into the Street Performers in the area surrounding Tate Modern. 

Inside Out/Outside In - Tate Other

Inside Out/Outside In - Tate Other 
Inhotim sent us images of Sr Valdecir, a gardener that works in the grounds but also sells sweets on his spare time. At that time we saw a show of Jeremy Deller's work and inspired by both Sr Valdecir and Deller's work we decide to explore the Visitor Assistants (VAs) and the street performers that work outside Tate Modern. That's how Inside Out/Outside In - Tate Other started

Photos and research of the VA's for Tate Other

During the primary research phase of the Tate Other project, multiple interviews were conducted with the Visitor Assistants in the galleries. The initial interviews presented challenges that helped to form the project as it is now; the most crucial of which was the willingness of the VAs to take part in the work. As these photos demonstrate, we experimented with several ways of representing them whilst keeping and element of anonymity.

A White Piece of Paper

A White Piece of Paper
In this series of experimentations a large, blank piece of paper was cut to the exact size of the gallery entrance doors in the Tate modern. The paper was then manipulated in a variety of ways, and the unruly size of the paper created an obstruction when walked around the institution; effectively acting as a blank canvas for intervention with the public. The three short films document the performances and the reactions of the gallery-goers.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

First works

This series of works introduces ourselves to the Brazilian partners, we have been making works taken from moments and routines in our everyday lives.

Introductions Through Rhythm

Drumming On Rough Ground

This piece has led on from my previous work, combining the uses of introducing the surrounding area and the UK in general to out Brazilian counterparts and the ideas of creating interesting rhythms and sounds using objects that were never originally intended to be used in such a way.

Originally inspired by Francis Alys and Nothing but a Broom.  
Benjamin David Viney

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Repetition Through Sound

This piece of work has progressed from my previous piece called recording normality. Recording Normality was about introducing my home and everyday environment to our counterparts in Brazil. With 'Nothing But A Broom' I started to look at the objects around me and how they could be used to create different sounds and rhythms that were in contrast to there original purpose. I started with an old Broom lying in the corner of my studio....


Thursday, 8 March 2012

By looking at my everyday routine i discovered that we process multiple actions and objects all day long. I have been experimenting with brushing my teeth with multiple things like; jam, toast, debit card, comb and keys. This led me further to use the form 'a piece of toast' as a platform to show spreadable domestic substances, highlighting there uncanny nature and banal use when spread on a repetitive form.

 Tooth paste

 Hair removal cream

 Boots hair gel


 Hot dog (in brine)

 Cat food

 Receipts (shredded)


Oliver Coltman

Friday, 2 March 2012

Hung Ngo 

This is me practicing on my fight stick for a tournament. I was interested in the sound created when I was playing and also looking at the energy and the movement of my hands when practising.

Jamal Matthews - Journey to Tate Modern

I decided to take pictures with my phone on my way to Tate Modern using my phone's MP3 player. I would take a picture as I left my house, press play and when the song ended or I skipped the song I would take a picture wherever I was. Until I finally reached Tate Modern. 

Benjamin Viney
Recording Normality 

With this work I have been looking into 'Recording Normality'. The work itself has taken the form of a collection whether this is through sound bites or a video clips has varied. The Objects that have been incorporated into my work all have some significant value and often relate to my childhood.

Mark Paul

11 Frames of Sleep

This series of 11 screenshots is taken from a recording of myself sleeping. The film takes place during the transitory period between night and day.