When something is live, it means that it is happening in the here and the now. Rather than watching a recording of a past event, you get to interact with current activities in a physical space. That is the theme that Tate Modern is exploring this year in their annual BMW Tate Live programme.
The gallery asks 'Where and when is the live? What can institutions and the public create together through performance? How do we understand liveness in the digital arena?' and 'What does the future of performance look like?' They will attempt to answer these questions through a series of talks discussed by theorists and practitioners. For example, on the 10th April, Pre/During/Post looks at what is important about liveness, and who it is important to. Then on the 29th September, On Publicness looks at the political impact of things being made available for public view. Tickets to talks are £8 or £5 concessions, but performances are free.
JoŽlle Tuerlinckx presents an interactive exhibit in response to Tate Modern's new auditorium. She creates an opera set to music through using space, light, and sound, which behave as 'actors'.
Public Confessions is a series of choreographed experiments on stage, while Up Hill Down Hall creates a carnival atmosphere inside the gallery by bringing a street procession indoors with a parade of art.
Finally, there will be a series of performances designed exclusively to be broadcast live online throughout the year. The first of these will be by Cally Spooner on the 27th February. She will transform the musical And You Were Wonderful, On Stage into a recording for video broadcast, and will be something of a blend between a chat-show, soap opera rehearsal, and a sketch for a pending film.