Media Networks at the Tate Modern

I attended an exhibition called Media Networks at the Tate Modern. The exhibition was a collection of various artists' artworks responding to the influence of mass media and the always changing technologies that impact our world.

Media Networks at the Tate Modern

I attended an exhibition called Media Networks at the Tate Modern in March 2022. The exhibition was a collection of various artists' artworks responding to the influence of mass media and the always changing technologies that impact our world. There was a range of art forms included, with painting, pop art culture and sculptures being the main 3. The main objective of the exhibition was to raise awareness around feminism, consumerism and the cult of celebrity.

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What I particularly liked about this exhibition was the separation between the different themes with ‘Media Networks’, the Tate Modern implemented the ‘10 rooms in Media Networks’, each room showcasing different artists and each having their own individual theme. One of the rooms that interested me most was room 1, featuring artist James Rosenquist and Allora & Calzadilla. These artists address ideas of observing Earth from outer space, offering different perspectives on how technology enables people to connect globally, including the huge impact on society and the environment.  

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Another room that I enjoyed viewing was room 6, featuring the works of Cildo Meireles who explores ideas of information overload and failed communication. What I especially liked about ‘Babel’ 2001, was the tone its presence created, I felt completely immersed in the overwhelming yet impactful atmosphere. I felt that I truly understood Meireles message as the size of the sculpture helped to convey the importance of his ideas.  

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Overall, I think that the whole experience was incredibly informative and the differing perspectives, provided by the artists' artworks, on media and technology provided me with, by the end of the exhibition, a well rounded knowledge and understanding of the topic. I would recommend this exhibition to anyone who wants to view a range of different art types and artworks, all with unique components that make them captivating and interesting. I learnt about the impact of mass media and the influence of changing technologies on society and the environment. Even though photography was not a main component of the exhibition I still feel that I have gained some knowledge that will benefit my photography skills, such as the impact of different focal points and the effect perspective can have on a photograph. 

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