Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX


About the Exhibition

SUPERFLEX took over Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall with Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX: One Two Three Swing!, a large-scale installation that explored how we interpret and engage with the increasingly complex world around us, in 2017 and 2018. Suggesting three states of experiences—apathy, production, and movement—for the state of apathy, a large pendulum suspended from the ceiling and swung above the sloping entrance with a carpet in a color scheme inspired by British currency. The far end of the hall was the state of production with a factory station for the swing seats to be assembled, stamped and stored. Emerging from the state of production and extending beyond the gallery walls, an orange line connected dozens of three-seated swings throughout the Turbine Hall, continuing on to the landscape outside the museum. The work invites audiences to combat social apathy through collaborative action, joining together on the count of...One Two Three Swing! It further explores the potential of energy generated by social movements, drawing unexpected connections within, between and beyond.

Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX: One Two Three Swing! was curated by Donald Hyslop, Head of Regeneration & Community Partnerships, Tate Modern, with Synthia Griffin, Curator of Regeneration & Community Partnerships, Tate Modern and Valentina Ravaglia, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

About the Collective

Danish collective, SUPERFLEX, founded in 1993 by Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen, is best known for its playfully subversive installations and films. With a diverse and complex practice, SUPERFLEX challenges the role of the artist in contemporary society and explores the nature of globalization and systems of power and often offers engaging, humorous perspectives on the social and cultural concerns of our age. Referring to their works as tools, SUPERFLEX engages alternative models for the creation, dissemination, and maintenance of social and economic organization. SUPERFLEX’s works are represented in institutions including MoMA, New York and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, and has gained international recognition for their projects around the world, including Kunsthalle Basel, the Mori Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

About the Program

Hyundai Commission

The annual Hyundai Commission is a series of new, site-specific installations by international artists in Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall, made possible by a unique partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor. The Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable exhibitions and the way artists have interpreted this space has revolutionized public perceptions of contemporary art. The annual Hyundai Commission offers contemporary artists an opportunity to create new work for this unique context while bringing forward many of today’s most pressing questions.

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