press release

The artists in this exhibition use different forms of drawing to create models for alternative ways of living in or viewing the modern world. Strategic planning is associated with 'objective' graphic forms such as maps, diagrams, graphs, charts and sketches. Turning such a notion on its head, the works in this exhibition explore fantastical scenarios, impossible geographies, new beings and habitats and subtle subversions of life as we know it. The international artists in Best Laid Plans exploit the positive potential of human fallibility and explore it as a force for imagining new forms of organisation and existence.

Best Laid Plans includes the following new commissions: a wall-drawing by Texan-based Trenton Doyle Hancock, a video and drawn installation by Danish artist Katya Sander, three new works by Danish artist Marie Lund, a choir performance by Romanian artist Matei Bejenaru and new work by the international sound collective Ultra-red.

A publication and symposium are produced in collaboration with Middlesex University: Best Laid Plans symposium: Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, 12 November, 10.30 – 17.00.

The symposium will include performances by Matei Bejenaru (with Will Dutta) in the Turbine Hall and by Marie Lund; conversations between artists Trenton Doyle Hancock, Marjetica Potrč, Paul Rooney, Katya Sander, Ultra-red, and writers/curators Jon Bird (Professor of Art & Critical Theory, Middlesex University), Esther Leslie (Professor in Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London) and Katharine Stout (Curator, Tate Britain).

Best Laid Plans
An exhibition, book and symposium that will involve international artists:
Kurator: Katharine Stout

Künstler: Matei Bejenaru, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Janice Kerbel, Marie Lund (Nina Beier & Marie Lund), Marjetica Potrc, Paul Rooney, Katya Sander, Ultra-red