Thursday, 19 August 2010

Dance and language as sculpture ...

Coming out of the Picasso exhibition at the Tate Liverpool yesterday we made our way around the "this is sculpture" exhibitions on the other floors which were wonderfully exciting and great fun. You can explore the exhibition here.
The first hall I explored was curated by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and called the sculpture of language. It was dedicated to the memory of the wonderful Adrian Henri and explored

ways in which artists have deployed, dissected and engaged with language, by making reference to literature, by exploring inscription and typography, and not least by using words to convey meaning or by creating works that are metaphors for communication itself ... As a contribution to the display, Carol Ann Duffy has written a new sonnet entitled POETRY that is integrated within the exhibition and has devised an installation that invites the audience to re-arrange and alter her sonnet with additional words to create an original and unlimited poem.

I liked discovering the very eclectic displays - from a sculpture by Anthony Gormley called Toast (in which an impression of a person was like the eaten out filling between mouldy bread) to a splendidly titled piece called "Débricollage" by Jean Tinguely. for a woman who loves words this was all very satisfying.

The next gallery involved going into a sculpture gallery which had been revamped as a dance hall with mirror ball and headphones for all visitors and a choice of DJ mixes on the A or B channels. The sculptures were interpretations of the human form and you bopped around looking at the displays, moving to the music on your headphones your own human form was reflected back at you in mirrors - the kind that make you look rather thinner than you are! We became our own idealised sculptures. It was funky and envigorating!
It also gave me lots of ideas about how to "curate" things for worship as well ...