Tate Neighbourhood watch


If you walk into Tate Modern's Turbine Hall at the moment, the plain black floor doesn't immediately suggest itself as a thought-provoking response to the global migration crisis. But that's what it is. Cuban artist Tania Bruguera has installed a heat sensitive floor, which, when activated by body heat, reveals a portrait of a young Syrian refugee who has made a life in the UK. Revealing the portrait though, asks people to come together, cooperate with strangers and share physical space. "The whole idea is we want people to work together," says Bruguera "and understand that a lot of things are invisible."

Building on these themes of community, belonging and connection, Bruguera has been working closely with 23 people who happen to share Tate's postcode - a group called the Tate Neighbours. Which is where we come in... Lead Visualiser Lauren was asked to scribe the Neighbours' discussion on what it means to live next door to Tate Modern, and how working with Bruguera has brought the community together. The final artwork has been enlarged and displayed on the wall in Tate Exchange - a space in the gallery where people can come together to debate, create and discuss community issues. It's been great to play our part in this truly collaborative and important project, and it's obviously a bonus to be able to say we now have work adorning the walls of Tate Modern!