Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Tracey Moberly's 'Tweet me Up!' ft Daniel Lismore at the Tanks, Tate Modern! Xx

We went along to
Artist Tracey Moberly’s brilliant Tweet Me Up! 
on August 24th
which used social networking sites like Twitter,
 Facebook and Instagram along with 
SMS and MMS to invite audiences to participate 
in creating evolving digital exhibitions of photography, 
art and action. 
The works, photos and statements were projected within the Tanks.

Tweet Me Up featured a 10 minute sequence of instagram 
photographs of the unique and fabulous Daniel Lismore.

Daniel Lismore and Me at the Tate Modern

Tweeted by the inimitable Stephen Fry: on 7 September 2012
Here is the You Tube Link to the Film:

Daniel Lismore and Tracey Moberly
at the Tanks Tate Modern

‘TWEET-ME-UP!’ at The Tate Tanks by Tracey Moberly is a mass
participation installation and exhibition generated by social
networking sites. It is part of the UNDERCURRENT programme in
the Tanks at Tate Modern on Friday August 24th. 11am-5pm. The
artist delivered a talk on her work in the Tate 3-4pm.

TWEET-ME-UP!’  focuses on art, music, photography, words, short
film and fashion. The  theme explores Sub Culture/ Counter
Culture – Undercurrent/Underground from numerous perspectives.

August 24th has been designated  

‘International Day Against
Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence based on Musical
Preferences, Lifestyle and Code.'

The day marks the death in 2007 of Sophie Lancaster, 
a Goth who died from injuries sustained
by a gang targeting her and her boyfriend for their 

dress code and music preferences.

TWEET-ME-UP!’   encourages contributions
that celebrate subculture and the free expression of individuality.
Contributions have come from as far afield as Eastern Siberia,
Uzbekistan, New Jersey, Haiti, Trinidad and Japan – along with
many parts of the U.K. 

Well known names are juxtaposed with the new, such as 
ex-Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder with his collective Wrangler; 
the Pop Group's Mark Stewart now part of the New  Banalists; 
the Human League and Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware
in an instagram collaboration with his daughter Elena; 

TV presenter and journalist Kirsty Allison; 
Damon Alban's African Express co-founder Steve Budd; 
Blur’s Ex-manager and Teardrop Explodes Dave Balfe to name a few.

 In the cross-platform work
duos and acting debuts’ feature unexpected roles for the unlikely,
from Captain Sensible to Goldie Lookin’ Chain's Eggsy.

The digitally received works, photos, sounds and statements were 

 projected into the the Tate’s cavernous new space creating an
evolving multi-media installation.
Live art was streamed in through Twitter Instagram and SMS
text on the day.  

A list of contributors and the countries they are
from is available.
‘TWEET-ME-UP!’  follows on from the artist, activist and author’s 
work Text-Me-Up! which has become a multifaceted book.

Click to BUY on Amazon

Tracey Moberly has used over 2,500 photographs and images and
documents the growth of the SMS (short message service) and
MMS (multimedia messaging service) eras which has resulted in
her saving every text message and phone image she has ever 

 been sent since 1999. 
Text-Me-Up! documents the start of the
social media revolution beginning with the text message 

and the unique digital DNA text timeline 
of one person’s received messages. 
It concludes with the emergent importance of other
media such as Twitter - prior to the Arab Spring - as Tracey
focuses on Haiti immediately after her visit to Port-au-Prince just
prior to the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
Tracey co-owned the Foundry in Shoreditch, 

East London for over a decade. 
In the book she details many 
events that took place with her there.

The many artists from Banksy and YBA members to
people putting up their first exhibitions at The Foundry are
documented along with the many photographers, musicians,
performers and film makers who were also a part of this.
Where Text-Me-Up! offers up a slice of social history and popular
culture from the last decade,

 TWEET-ME-UP! focuses on 2012
and the new communication technologies and behaviours
engendered with the advent of social media.


for future showings 

Above: the images from Tracey Moberly's Tweet Me Up!

Daniel and his Mother who had visited specially for the show,
outside the Tate Modern

Part of Tracey Moberly's groundbreaking show, 
was a powerful 10 minutes of hundreds of images
of Daniel Lismore described by American Vogue
as London's most Outrageous Dresser. 
He is actually both an artist and
a work of art himself - a precious installation -
and can be seen each Wednesday
night at Whisky Mist.
Daniel Lismore is also Creative Director at Soropol
and stylist.
Check my Post on the Soropol Monochrome Scarf:

Me and Daniel at Whisky Mist
at the Launch of Soropol's Monochrome Scarf

The images were breathtaking - many taken from Instagram.
Many factors are involved here - Lismore's talent in creating the look, 
the composition and art direction of the photos,
 the selection and sequential order of the contrasting
expressions and styles, the mixture of textures and grain, 
black and white, and colour. 
Projected large simultaneously on three walls 
of the Tanks at the Tate Modern - all of this created the 
most amazing and stunning piece
 with a strong and positive energy.

Daniel photographed with the late
and fabulous Anna Piaggi of Italian Vogue.

Take a look at some of Daniel's truly amazing images:

Tweet Me Up was part of the
Tate’s Young People’s Programme presents Undercurrent
a series of events, installations and interventions by audio, 
visual, digital and performance artists.
Over eleven days the programme invites a diverse range
of artists and audiences to explore the relationship 
and influences of subcultures upon dominant or mainstream culture. 
At the core is the exploration of the ‘underground’ and the under-represented. 
The programme will capture the nuances, signifiers 
and codes of the transference of counter culture, 
as well as providing participatory and ephemeral art platforms 
to examine the parallels, contrasts and connections that make or define culture.
The Tanks represent a space for new modes 
of experimentation and participation.
Undercurrent, structured and developed for and by young people, 
re-considers how the exchange of ideas, creative actions,
 learning and artistic collaborative practices can affect and 
reconfigure the role of galleries and museums of the twenty first century.
Artists will expose some of the influences of wider visual, 
audio and performance movements and genres from 
Cabaret Voltaire to Jerry Dammers to Bruce Lee.
Practices from Dubstep to Theremin, 
from Leigh Bowery to Bounty Killer will be
reassigned to allow artists and participants
to test new ground in interdisciplinary art. 
Check this link to the Artists Talks that went on:


Check also my Posts 


Until next time J Xx

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