BUREAU of CHANGE hosts a performance-lecture by the London-based collective Liberate Tate at Pelican Bomb Gallery X.
BUREAU of CHANGE presents “Liberate Tate: Insides/Outsides,” a performance-lecture on creative disobedience by the London-based artist collective Liberate Tate on Tuesday, October 18, 6 - 8 pm, at Pelican Bomb Gallery X.
During the lecture, Liberate Tate shares their strategies, tactics, and experiences of making unsanctioned live art in the Tate museums—one of the largest and most influential art institutions in the United Kingdom—for the past six years. Liberate Tate’s performances have directly addressed their ideological concerns over BP’s corporate sponsorship of Tate, which, after 26 years, ends in 2016. Their practice has been at the forefront of a new wave of art and activism that blends creativity, collaboration, and strategic campaign goals. Liberate Tate’s artworks have included spilling oil-like substances in museum galleries; installing a 16.5-meter wind-turbine blade in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; occupying a gallery overnight in a durational performance; and giving permanent tattoos to signify changes in the earth’s climate.
Following the artists’ talk, BUREAU of CHANGE and Liberate Tate facilitate a conversation with Cristina DuQue (Fossil Free Southeast Organizer, 350.org), Jayeesha Dutta (artist, activist, and co-founder of the Radical Arts & Healing Collective), and Chris Sullivan (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University) to discuss cultural divestment and creative protest both in Louisiana and the United Kingdom.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.
Liberate Tate’s visit to New Orleans is part of a broader tour of the United States, sharing the experience of successfully protesting BP’s corporate sponsorship of Tate. Following the public performance-lecture at Pelican Bomb Gallery X, Liberate Tate leads an educational workshop “Liberate Tate: A How-To Guide” at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on October 19, 2 - 5 pm. Workshop participation is limited; for more information on the workshop, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.