20 - 21 Nov 2018 / 12.00 - 18.00 & 14.00 - 16.00

Learning Lab: Dead Reckoning with artist Bern o’Donoghue

On 20th November drop in and participate with artist Bern O’Donoghue and Counterpoints Arts in the making of Dead Reckoning, an immersive installation bearing witness to the huge loss of life along the Libya/Italy and Greece/Turkey migratory routes. O’Donoghue turns data collected by the International Organisation for Migration into human centred affective content. Participants are encouraged through a collaborative process and through conversations to consider not only the experience of migrants and refugees, but also to think about how those of us living more secure lives might engage supportively with refugees.

Dead Reckoning engages visitors at Tate Exchange, inviting them into the process of making the artwork: each tiny artifact transforms the abstract statistics and data into something embodied and human. The co-production of this work is dependent on encounters facilitated by O’Donoghue asking questions, exchanging stories, dispelling myths – literally bringing the media and policy narratives into shared ground through collective action.

This participant-based installation draws upon Tania Bruguera’s Hyundai Commission 2019, a community-driven response to the global migration crisis and is in conversation with the Lost in Europe project.

Join us for a day of participation, debate, feedback and collective reflection.

On 21st November we will also curate a Counterpoints Arts Learning Lab focusing on the installation and participatory visual arts practice of the artist. This Lab will explore O’Donoghue’s unique methodology and her ‘artivist’ work as both facilitator and educator. As O’Donoghue puts it: It is in the small and the simple where human scale may be found, where one mind is changed, and we begin to change the world. 

Learning Lab will include a presentation by O’Donoghue followed by a conversation between invited artists, activists, curators, producers and academics together with participants from the Tate Neighbours’ programme.

Image by Marcia Chandra.


20 - 21 Nov 2018
12.00 - 18.00 & 14.00 - 16.00

Tate Exchange. 5th Floor Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern


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