TATE MODERN Autumn 2021

During the October half term I was lucky enough to visit the TATE MODERN with my family. We are a bit obsessed with Art in my family as you will discover in this journal. They have a fantastic exhibition at the moment featuring Artist Anicka Yi.



(From the Tate modern website) “Artist Anicka Yi offers a vision of a new ecosystem within the Turbine Hall, the large post-industrial space at the heart of Tate Modern.
Originally part of Bankside Power Station, the hall was built to house electricity-generating machinery. Yi’s installation populates the space with machines once again. Floating in the air, her machines – called aerobes – are based on ocean life forms and mushrooms. They re-imagine artificial intelligence and encourage us to think about new ways machines might inhabit the world. Yi has also created unique scentscapes which change weekly, with odours linked to a specific time in the history of Bankside. Yi is known for her experimental work which explores the merging of technology and biology. Through breaking down distinctions between plants, animals, micro-organisms and machines, she asks us to think about further understanding ourselves as humans and the ecosystems we live in.”


I was taken by this exhibition as it’s quite the spectacle. As we walked in, although the place was buzzing with people, we all looked up and our attention was drawn immediately by those ‘jellyfish’ (as my four years old described them) floating in the air. The calmness struck me. Just by observing them floating like dancers, and never crushing into each other, I was immediately immersed into the slowness of their movements.



We watched them from the first floor as they kept going up and down gently and never resting. The whole experience was calming and mesmerising. The way these objects were given life by humans, but they looked as they could have been living creatures with their own conscience really sent shivers down my spine. And what if in a different world machines did exist and they were alive? Certainly, it’s worth a visit if you happen to be on the London Southbank. 



For more information visit the Tate Modern website and by the way, it’s all free!