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December 20, 2008


The Tate Modern is looking for short stories about a future London. Admittedly, this future London eerily like present London, though in all probability with more "peace".*

TH.2058 looks 50 years into the future to a London of incessant rain and sculptures kept from growing like weeds.

This is your chance to share your vision of 2058 by adding your short story.

All submissions will appear here. At the end of January, six stories will be selected by a panel of judges (including writer Jeff Noon and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster) to form an audio book voiced by Christopher Ecclestone, which will be available for download once it is produced.

To be more specific about life in 2058. I expect contributors are meant to run with this conceit.

TH.2058 is the ninth commission in Tate's Unilever Series for which an artist is invited to transform the space of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. In this, Gonzalez-Foerster's first ever commission in the UK, the Turbine Hall is transported to the year 2058. Incessant rain is plaguing London, changing its landscape and forcing its inhabitants to seek shelter within Tate Modern, amongst monumentally large sculptures swollen by the rainfall, fragmentary film projections and books, rescued from the rain.

Charlotte Higgins had a look at the Turbine Hall installation. The BBC has TH.2058 pictures as do Richard Sunderland and Doctor Boogie, who makes a brilliant comparison to Henry Moore's shelter drawings. Ben Lewis says it is all a bit Day of the Triffids - the obvious metaphor if your editor thinks your readership has not touched sf since it was on a course list in school - and, finally, here is a video of the installation.

* "Peace" is a racist code word, btw.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 20, 2008 11:27 AM


Would not an entry for this have to be written in Arabic to be valid?

Posted by: Clayton Barnett [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 21, 2008 08:30 AM