Light Vessel Automatic

Kristen Kreider (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Kreider + O'Leary

Tate Britain is a richly adorned vessel of knowledge, literally scarred and marked by its own history. From its geological birth as an Eyot at the fork of the river Tyburn, to locus of panoptic surveillance systems of the Millbank Penitentiary, to National Gallery of Art, it continues to undergo further phases of transformation.
For ‘Performing Architecture’ Kreider & O’Leary conduct a guided tour ‘en-promenade’ exploring specific details of the building fabric. With archaeological levels of detail, they use images, video and architectural elements to explore the site as the fulcrum for a number of inter-related systems, whether spatial, historical, social or artistic. These systems reveal a series of interlocking narrative threads that coalesce around the site, entangling its history and forming a foundational mesh for its future potential.

With thanks to Caruso St John Architects

Curated by Marianne Mulvey.
Kreider + O'Leary - Alex Sweder - Lamis Bayer - Emptyset - Film Programme by the Architecture Foundation

Curators Blog -
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTate Britain
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


  • Light Vessel Automatic
  • Tate Britain
  • Late at Tate
  • Performing Architecture

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