A long orange tube winds it’s way around Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, twisting and turning and rising up from the lower level to the mezzanine connecting the two buildings, then bursting out through the façade towards Sumner Street and the Blue Fin Building and Neo-Bankside. Given its speed of growth, perhaps it might continue into the neighbouring area – there is already a different line connecting Tate Modern to Southwark Tube Station?
Children of all ages are enjoying the swings hanging from the orange tube, queuing up to have a go with their friends, siblings or parents, while the Turbine Hall is full of Christmas laughter and jollity. Danish artists’ collective SUPERFLEX have designed the installation One, Two, Three, Swing! which is bringing in children and parents to Tate Modern, many of whom can be spotted exploring the art elsewhere, so it must be a good thing.
Each swing has been designed for three people with the idea that swinging alongside two people means team working and collective energy to achieve swinging, twisting, playful results. SUPERFLEX’S optimistic challenge is to see if everyone swings at the one time, they energy will be so strong that they can change the way the Earth spins….?
At one end of the Turbine Hall a silver pendulum swings over the carpet made in the colour of British banknotes, with visitors invited to lie down and watch the huge ball swinging overhead as SUPERFLEX use gravity as a metaphor for politics, the economy, society and all those things that drag us down and destroy ambition and aspiration (dare I also say BREXIT). Can swinging set us free to achieve our aspirations for a better world. As a child of the Sixties, this has a resonance…..