Tanks Summer School, Tate Modern.
(Im)Possible School Book: As Found.
Opening in July 2012, the Tanks will be home to a festival of cross-disciplinary and live event-based art work by major international artists. Summer School participants will use the Tanks spaces as a unique setting toexplode possibilities for teaching and learning through presenting action, film, installation, participation, speech-based events and performance.
Five Years has been invited to develop the ‘Summer School’ at Tate Modern
in collaboration with the Tate London Schools and Teachers team. The Summer
School invites local teachers and gallery professionals to participate in a five day
school set within the new Tanks spaces at Tate Modern from 23 – 27 July 2012.
Five Years in turn invites you.
This is a free and open invitation for anyone to propose an ‘activity’ for the Summer School. The collection of submitted proposals will form a resource book to provoke discussion and action for the Summer School’s participants over the five day course, serving both as an archive of ideas and working text to be tested.
As a possible guide for activities at the Summer School, the book invites an
examination of the idea of the school-as-event. The museum as the site of this event and the role of the participants are opened up ‘for more than mere spectacle or a moment of playful participation’ but as anoccasion of learning.
‘Everything is in the book’.
Words such as ‘exercise’, ‘guide’, ‘action’,‘school’, ‘participatory’, ‘resource’,
‘practice’, ‘teaching’ , ‘instruction’, ‘performativity’, ‘theatricality’, ‘pedagogy’,
‘museum’ and indeed any of the terms found in this invitation may be defined,
questioned and interpreted freely by you in your proposal.
All submitted proposals will be accepted
All submitted proposals will be published.
The book/publication will be printed as a limited edition for participants of the
school to use and annotate. It will remain at the Tate as archive material.
A downloadable PDF of the book/publication is available.
An open discussion of the project will be chaired by Five Years at Tate Modern as
part of the Tanks programme.
27th July 2012. This is a free event.
This is the twelfth project organized through Five Years since 2000, that specifically looks at the idea/ problem of how an open invitation/ participation/DIY/ free-for-all may constitutea social practice.
Edward Dorrian (Five Years)