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Tate Britain Winter Commission: Monster Chetwynd

01 Dezember 2018 00:00 - 28 Februar 2019 00:00

British artist Monster Chetwynd lights up London's Tate Britain gallery with giant leopard slugs and their glowing slime trails, in a bid to spark conversation about our unsustainable use of energy.

Two giant leopard slugs slither around the main entrance to Tate Britain. Their bodies and trails glimmer with energy efficient blue and white LED lights. Creatures most people would consider to be an ugly nuisance have been transformed into something wondrous.

Monster Chetwynd was inspired by seeing leopard slugs mate on Life in the Undergrowth, a television documentary series by David Attenborough. The slugs slowly rotate together, dangling from the branch of a tree by a glittering rope of mucus. This night-time mating ritual reminds us that the darkness of winter can be a time of renewal and rebirth.

Scientists have recently developed lamps powered by bioluminescence (light produced by living organisms such as squid and fungi). Alternative energy interests Chetwynd, and she is excited by the idea that light-emitting organisms may one day power street lights. She wants the slugs, which are made from compostable materials, to be fun and to spark discussion about where we source our energy.

Previously known as Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and before that, Spartacus Chetwynd, Monster Chetwynd is best known for her irreverent and anarchic performances, paintings, sculptures and plays.

More info: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/monster-chetwynd

Tate Britain Winter Commission: Monster Chetwynd
Tate Britain
Millbank, Westminster
SW1P 4RG London
United Kingdom

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