Little Sun at Tate Modern



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

Little Sun at Tate Modern raised awareness about the need to improve access to energy for the 1.2 billion people worldwide living outside the electrical grid. It was 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 their Little Sun solar lamps.

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 collected the over 11,000 Sunlight Graffiti images 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 16 short films created by 18 young, internationally acclaimed filmmakers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas in response to an invitation from Olafur Eliasson and producer Tine Fischer to produce works about light, energy, and Little Sun. The film material, shot in a range of formats and styles, was edited into short films by Jacob Thuesen, together with Eliasson and Fischer. The films 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: Alejo Moguillansky (Argentina), PERU ANA ANA PERU (USA), Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand), Khavn (Phillipines), Julio Hernández-Cordón (Guatemala), Dominga Sotomayor (Chile), Edwin (Indonesia), Hawa Essuman (Kenya), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda), Man Kit Lam (The Netherlands), Natasha Mendonca (India), Mauro Andrizzi (Argentina), Omelga Mthiyane (Souh Africa), Oscar Ruiz Navia (Colombia), Peter Tukei Muhumuza (Uganda), Sherman Ong (Malaysia), and Susan Youssef (USA).