The art group SUPERFLEX, founded in 1993 by Danish artists Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, is renowned for its playful, subversive analysis of our economic and social structures, the corpus of works consists of large-scale installations, films and long-term, process-based projects, all known as tools.
They see their work as something to be actively used. The tools are designed to affect or influence their social and economic context, often inviting the visitor to participate. The group’s work continues to confront issues of copyright, intellectual property and trademark infringement.
This one is the third annual Hyundai Commission, a series of specific works created for the Turbine Hall, made by renowned international artists, as part of the partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor.
One Two Three Swing! – a large-scale public space installation for the Tate Modern’s 2017 Hyundai Commission – is the first Turbine Hall commission to move beyond the gallery walls. Conceived to fight against apathy, and to stimulate production and movement, the work is as an orange, human-powered line from the Turbine Hall gallery and it extends into the Tate Modern’s south landscape, and around the world. To complete the installation, there are apsychedelic carpet and a pendulum on the ceiling.
SUPERFLEX engages the productive potential of the building itself, through the idea of extreme participation introduced in 2012 through the urban park project Superkilen in Copenhagen. Any visitor of the Turbine Hall and Tate Modern is invited to create a connection on the orange line, experiencing the potential of collective movement by swinging together on the count of three, action that gives the name to the installation. Inducing the visitors to swing together, Superflex wanted to stimulate social relations and cooperation, adding a little playful twist to the whole project. Everyone likes swings, even if you’re not five years old anymore.
The installation will be available from the 3rd October 2017 to the 2nd April 2018, free admission.