Galleries are using innovative ways to bring Art to the people. Read the full article by Tony Magnussun “Virtual Galleries” here.
In Tasmania, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has taken an approach that manages to retain aspects of the unique and slightly weird experience of being in the gallery. “Living artwork” TIM, whose real name is Tim Steiner, is being live-streamed as he continues to turn up daily and sit on a plinth for six hours, minus the odd toilet break. The tattoo that covers Steiner’s back, designed by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, has been sold to a German art collector; when Steiner dies, his back will be skinned and framed. “He’s not the artist,” explains a MONA spokesperson. “Wim Delvoye is, but the idea to remain in the gallery was Tim’s alone. Since 2011, he has sat at MONA for more than 3500 hours.”
TIM’s presence in the empty gallery seems to embody the sort of isolation we’re all dealing with at the moment. It’s a poignant statement of defiance – the show must go on – yet it also alludes to the anxiety of infection and the separation of bodies in a time of panic, themes quite new to this evolving, living work of art.
TIM LIVE STREAM
Artwork: Tim, 2006–08, Wim Delvoye
Live stream Wednesday–Monday 10am–4.30pm AEST