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Tate Modern's Turbine Hall turns into a giant adult playground

From BBC - October 2, 2017

Danish art trio Superflex, known for their playful and political large-scale works, have turned their attention to the huge space that is the Turbine Hall at London's Tate Modern.

Here are nine things you need to know about the artists and their latest commission.

1) Who are Superflex?

Founded by artists Bjornstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen in the early 90s, the group have become known for their huge public commissions.

These include Superkilen, an eclectic public park in Copenhagen, and Hospital Equipment, a functioning operating theatre created as part of a Swiss exhibition. They later flew it from the gallery to a hospital in Syria. The group's work frequently focuses on political activism.

2) It's a playground but not as you know it

The Turbine Hall project returns to the park theme - there are swings everywhere. But these are not just any old swings. These are three-seater swings!

As Fenger explains: "It creates opportunities when you do things together. Most things are done collectively. The world is full of too many single swings."

Christiansen agrees: "We want people sitting next to each other who would not normally do unless they were on public transport."

3) Three is the magic number

The three artists have split the Turbine space into - guess what? - three sections.

There's the sloping section with a huge pendulum hanging over a plush stripy carpet, the "playground" area with swings and orange metal bars hanging overhead, and a small "factory" where the swings are created.

4) There's no such thing as "I"

The threesome have strong feelings on working together.

"We do not believe there is such a thing as an individual artist, it is a construct. You cannot walk alone," says Nielsen.

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5) You - yes, you! - can be part of the project

This is the first time a Turbine Hall exhibition will extend beyond the gallery's boundaries to the outside world.

Superflex have installed a "bank of opportunity" just outside the gallery where members of the public can propose sites in London and beyond for the site of the next swing.

6) It's all about the money

7) Prepare to be hypnotised

8) Take a wander through the woodland

9) All aboard

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