The year is 2058 in London, a city under attack. After months of raining things begin to grow to overpower the people below and Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern has housed some 200 metal blue and yellow bunk beds in anticipation of people coming in to seek shelter.
Fast backward to November 2008 at London’s Tate Modern Museum’s Unilever Series presenting French artist and sculptor Dominique Gonzalez-Forester ‘s installation in Turbine Hall, TH: 2058.
The things growing are a giant reproduction of Louis Bourgeois’ spider sculpture jumbled up with an Alexander Calder mobile, Henry Moore’s sheep, Claus Oldenburg’s apple, and Maurizio Cattelan’s cat skeleton in style of a Tyrannosaurus Rex among others all mushrooming out of control while in the background a giant screen projects images from The Last Film made up of excerpts from the experimental films of Chris Marker and Peter Watkins, and the science fiction of George Lucas and Nicolas Roeg. Scenes of shelter and archives are drawn from Richard Fleischer’s Soylent Green and Alain Resnais’s Toute la mémoire du monde, alongside sequences of urban expectation from Peter Weir’s The Last Wave, the apocalyptic explosion of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point and the dystopian vision of a world without books in François Truffaut’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451.
Each of the beds holds a copy of a classic sci-fi novel or some other scary out of world text.
Miss Gonzalez-Foerster said she had taken the 2005 London bombings and the Blitz as inspiration, adding that the global financial meltdown gives the piece added resonance: "We are in intense turbulence. Fasten your seatbelts."
TH: 2058 runs through April 13, 2009. For text by Gonzalez-Foerster and curator, Jessica Morgan, about the installation see the museum’s website.
via the Telegraph.