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Tanks by Rebecca Horn - Tate Modern

In the exhibition Tanks by Rebecca Horn, the rooms all had a cold atmosphere that symbolised an uncanny scene. Objects are the most important element in Rebecca's work. Her films and sculptures turn familiar materials, gestures and settings into strange, emotionally charged scenes.



In the exhibition Tanks by Rebecca Horn, the rooms all had a cold atmosphere that symbolised an uncanny scene. Objects are the most important element in Rebecca's work. Her films and sculptures turn familiar materials, gestures and settings into strange, emotionally charged scenes. She pairs her performance art with poetic texts, in order to give the work a more dreamlike effect. Rebecca Horn's mechanical sculptures explores the actions beyond limits of the human body and the animal behaviours. These objects in her pieces usually act in unexpected ways. By 1980's, Horn created work big enough that it surrounded the audience and the space turning them into animated environments. Just like in the picture above, sound produced in Horn's sculptures is the key experience in her work.


In this room, you could hear gun, helicopters, bombs, drone sounds and chaos sounds that makes you feel like you are in the middle of a war.




Performance art : These body extensions that Horn created as seen in the videos, limit or expand how a person can move and interact with their environment. The cameras change as the wearers actions and relationships to the environment and people around it.






Horn stated " Looking back at these first pieces you always see a kind of cocoon, which I can lock myself in, enclose myself, then open and integrate another person into an ultimate ritual. This intimacy of feeling and communication was a central part in the performances. "





Concert for Anarchy 1990

This prop was originally used in Horn's feature film Buster's Bedroom 1990, which is set in a psychiatric clinic. Horn describes 'Having freed itself form the psychiatric clinic, ( the piano) is now composing its own music". Where the piano acts like a living thing. Horn's machines, often appear to act like living creatures. She has compared the props behaviours to human behaviour. Where each object has a human quality.Being a visitor myself, I felt melancholic yet quite interested in these weird, quirky installations that Horn constructed. The way how tank and helicopter sounds blend in with the dark and creepy concrete space, created a cold war atmosphere with a pinch of experience to it.



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