Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster – TH.2058

There is still one month left to immerse yourself in “TH.2058”, the unique installation by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at the Tate Modern in London. The piece is part of the annual Unilever series and fills the 11,000 square foot Turbine Hall.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster - TH 2058 - 2008

Gonzalez-Foerster conjures a bleak future where the London fog is matched with an unyielding rain. In the artist’s version of 2058, the constant downpour has had a consumptive effect on outdoor sculpture. In this dystopia the large scale outdoor works have been brought in from the hostile climate in an effort to preserve them for an even more distant future. Enlarged replications of sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were produced for this exhibit.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster - TH 2058 - 2008

The installation is composed almost entirely of curated reference. “The Last Film” is looped on a massive screen at one end of the hall. The film projects edited clips from experimental cinema by Chris Marker and Peter Watkins with popular movies from George Lucas, Nicolas Roeg, Richard Fleischer, Alain Resnais, Peter Weir, Michelangelo Antonioni and François Truffaut.

Books by Ray Bradbury, Jeff Noon, Enrique Vila-Matas and Catherine Dufour are distributed among the metal and spring bunk beds. Surprises are found in the details. Keep an eye out and you may find another looking back.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster - TH 2058 - 2008

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
14 October 2008 -13 April 2009
Tate Modern

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