STUDIO COMPLEX / TATE EXCHANGE 2018
15/01 -21/01/2018 at Tate Modern London, Blavatnik Building
London, once a city with overlooked spaces open to occupation and experimentation, has become an increasingly difficult environment for emerging artists. Those graduating from art school now find fewer spaces in which to work, with affordable studios a thing of the past. In the five-year period between 2014 and 2019, it is predicted that 30 per cent of artists’ studios in London will be lost (see GLA’s Artists’ Workshop Study).

In response, artists are challenging and re-inventing the studio. Could it be a park bench, an online space or a public building? As artists, can we resist the tide and find new ways of reinstating art practice within the heart of the city?

"Around 200 students from Central Saint Martins will construct fully functioning studios in Tate Exchange. Drop in and select a studio (or a series of studios) and join in a wide range of practical activities incorporating the many and diverse ways in which art is made today."
The theme of this year’s edition of Tate Exchange was “Studio Complex”. We were meant to address the survival of the artists living in metropolis. With ever increasing rents, lack of affordable studios and the loss of public spaces, artists are being forced to rethink the traditional model of running an atelier or a loft studio.
For me, the lack of physical space forced me into the virtual realm of online residencies. My practice became a virtual one. The idea that I proposed in response to the theme was that not only a collaborative practice and collectives are the answer to the space shortage, but also the virtual cooperatives and online exhibitions.
For the event I prepared an immersive VR version of the Open Studio video game. Public visiting Tate Modern was given chance to get a glance of our virtual studio and gallery and view some of our works placed within the gaming environment.
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