Global Cities, a major exhibition examining contemporary conditions and recent changes in ten global cities: Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Tokyo, will be presented in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern from 20 June - 27 August 2007. Organised by Tate in association with the la Biennale di Venezia, the exhibition is sponsored by Land Securities in association with Savills and Derwent London.
The Global Cities exhibition builds upon core material from the 10th International Architecture Biennale which attracted over 130,000 visitors, making it the most popular Venice Architecture Biennale to date. By focusing on what is closest to home and can be experienced at first-hand, the exhibition at Tate Modern will use London as a concrete point of reference and comparison with the other nine cities.
The exhibition explores five themes: speed, size, density, diversity and form and draws on comparative socio-economic and geographic data assembled by researchers at the London School of Economics. These statistical and spatial analyses address some of the principle issues facing major urban centres around the world: from migration to mobility, from social integration to sustainable growth.
To complement these data, the exhibition at Tate incorporates a wide range of existing visual art works in the media of video and photography that present subjective interpretations of urban conditions in each of the ten cities. Closer to home, commissions by artists and architects that respond to the context of London and specific issues such as sustainability and social inclusion will be realised especially for the exhibition both in the Turbine Hall and off-site in the local area of Southwark.
Notably, Global Cities takes place in the midst of one of the ten cities: Tate Modern sits at the heart of one of London’s most diverse and dynamic areas. Due to the increasingly international profile of its residents and workforce, and its privileged position within world-wide networks of financial and cultural production and control, London has been called Europe’s global city.
The exhibition will act as a platform for debate, both informally and through a series of public programmes, including the Architecture Foundation’s London Debates, which will take place the weekend 22-25 June.
19 March 2007
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