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Come and talk to the Tate Modern's latest exhibition
Like fish and chips, rainy summers day and Big Ben, London is globally known as somewhere you don't talk to strangers.
No eye contact on the tube, no small talk on the street. We are known to be quite a private city.
Perhaps that is what Berlin based artist Tino Seghal was thinking about when he devised his latest exhibition, hosted within the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern until October 28.
Essentially a live performance, he has filled the hall with performers, who are indistinguishable from the visitors. Until they start to jog round the hall, or chant in unison that is.
The most striking striking part of the work, at least to us Londoners, is the way they approach visitors at random and start conversations, sometimes apparently from half way through, chat for a few minutes, then suddenly cut it off and merge back into the crowd.
It is a challenging exhibition for Londoners, and in fact, all city dwellers, who will be pushed to think about their relationship with the thousands of strangers they pass and ignore each day.
With free entry, this unusual piece of artwork is well worth a visit.