Little Sun at Tate Modern

Tate Blackouts and Sunlight Graffiti: 28 July – 23 September 2012

Little Sun at Tate Modern raises awareness about the need to improve access to energy for the 1.6 billion people worldwide living outside the electrical grid. It is an artistic endeavour and a call to action.

On seven Saturday nights, from 28 July to 8 September, the lights went off at Tate Modern for two hours in the suite of galleries devoted to the Surrealist and Realist collections, so that visitors could view the works of art using only the light of Little Sun.

Until 16 September, visitors to Tate Modern were invited to make their own light graffiti in a specially made installation and upload them to the Sunlight Graffiti gallery online. Developed by Studio Olafur Eliasson together with BBC R&D, the Sunlight Graffiti site collects the over 11,000 Sunlight Graffiti into a glowing interactive sphere.

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Little Sun Films: 17 – 23 September 2012

Little Sun Films, part of Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun at Tate Modern, is a series of short films created by eighteen young, internationally acclaimed filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America in response to an invitation from Olafur Eliasson and producer Tine Fischer for film material relating to his Little Sun solar-powered lamp. The film material, shot in a range of formats and styles, has been edited into short films by Jacob Thuesen with Eliasson and Fischer. These focus on local phenomena, detailed observations, atmospheres, aspirations, feelings, encounters, and social activities, and they all relate in broad terms to life, light, and energy access.

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Participating filmmakers: Mauro Andrizzi, Edwin, Hawa Essuman, Julio Hernández-Cordón, Khavn, Natasha Mendonca, Alejo Moguillansky, Omelga Mthiyane, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Sherman Ong, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Kivu Ruhorahoza, Oscar Ruiz Navia, Dominga Sotomayor, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Susan Youssef and Man Kit Lam.