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Take an after-hours robot tour of the Tate Britain

Posted at 10:00 am, February 7, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, News
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Being alone at night in Tate Britain would be seriously cool. You could wander around without any noise, no one obscuring your view. It would be just you and the art having a lovely old time. Artist collective known as ‘The Workers’ want to make it possible, and having just won the new digital art IK Prize, they now can.

So the idea is (as we can’t actually be alone in the gallery after dark, sadly) we can control robots which are in the gallery from our own homes; we could steer them around and zoom in to take a closer look.

The IK Prize that will fund the project is a brand spanking new annual award. It’s given to the best idea to connect the Tate to a wider audience and winners receive funding to bring their idea to life.

However a few things need sorting out before ‘The Workers’ dream becomes a reality; how long will each turn at the controls last, how will the queuing system work (because we’re English and queuing is very important) and what happens if someone is really rubbish at using the controls and drives a robot into a piece of art? OK we made the last one up, but it’s a valid point.

For now, just go to the Tate Britain during opening hours!

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