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Jon Fawcett - The Tanks at Tate Modern

Exhibition preview

ON AUGUST 16 and 17, 2012, Jon Fawcett is presenting two works, Whum and EIR in The Tanks at Tate Modern, as part of the series The Tanks: Art in Action.

Developed from research into conspiracy theories, new age ideas and new science, Jon Fawcett’s object-based work is highly engineered, manipulating military or high-end materials and technologies.

For The Tanks at Tate Modern, he has produced two new large-scale works – Whum and EIR – taking the viewer on a journey through energy fields with uncertain properties, unsettling conversations with psychics and a feeling of involvement in something far greater…

Whum is a slowly rotating, 7-metre wide, highly engineered wheel. On its rim are nine cylindrical vessels containing undisclosed materials, with a further ten pods situated around the wheel that allegedly create torsions or energy fields, of which the audience are unaware.

EIR sits in an arc next to Whum: six booths, each manned by a psychic who takes members of the public through a questionnaire covering their background, political inclinations, beliefs, interests and skills to test whether they are suitable for recruitment to a secret organisation.

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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye continues at Tate Modern until October 14, 2012.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG