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"Intelligence: New British Art 2000"
2000-07-06 until 2000-09-24
New British Art 2000: Intelligence is the first in a series of major exhibitions of
contemporary British art, to be held every three years at Tate Britain. Intelligence will be the
largest loan exhibition ever held at Millbank.
Intelligence means both information gathering (intelligence as in MI5) and the faculty
employed to process information into something new. Many artists today can be seen as
intelligence agents at large in society, gathering, sifting and transforming the raw data of
our life, critically examining our environment, the way we live and our relations with each
other. This exhibition brings together twenty-two contemporary British artists who share
such an approach. They see art as a means for imagining the world differently, or 'thinking
otherwise' as the French philosopher Foucault put it. Their work asks questions and
offers clues, but does not provide a packaged answer or experience. It is an investigation
of the world and in turn they invite the visitor to use their own intelligence to investigate the
art and come to their own conclusions.
The artists represented are Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin
Creed, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Bill Furlong, Liam Gillick, Douglas
Gordon, Graham Gussin, Susan Hiller, Jaki Irvine, Alan Johnston, Mark Lewis, Hilary
Lloyd, Brighid Lowe, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Yinka Shonibare, Bob and Roberta Smith,
Gillian Wearing and Richard Wright.
Works exhibited include Tacita Dean's film Bubble House, an enigmatic meditation on
the failure of the utopian aspirations of modernism, featuring an abandoned futurist
house on a Caribbean island; Sarah Lucas's Life's a Drag Organs in which two burnt out
cars decorated with unsmoked cigarettes suggest a pair of lungs; Bob and Roberta
Smith's Protest where visitors can record their protests (at anything, including the
exhibition) and a weekly selection will be sign written onto the walls; and Gillian Wearing's
Drunk, a remarkable three screen video projection made in collaboration with a group of
street drinkers in South London.
At the beginning, middle and end of Intelligence three artists, Julian Opie, Liam Gillick and
William Furlong, will make works that suggest the crucial role of conversation and
dialogue in the exhibition.
New British Art 2000: Intelligence is curated by Virginia Button, Senior Programme
Curator, Tate Britain, and Charles Esche, an independent curator and writer working with
proto-academy, Edinburgh, and Afterall journal.
Yinka Shonibare born 1962
Alien Obsessives, Mum, Dad and the Kids
(detail Green Family) 1998
Courtesy the artist and
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London