Fiona Tan: DEPOT (2015)

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Delving into Fiona Tan's 2015 commission, 'DEPOT'

FIONA TAN: The Giant Lorry
BALTIC presents a survey exhibition and a major new commission by the Dutch artist and filmmaker Fiona Tan. Born in 1966 in Pekan Baru, Indonesia, Tan works within the contested territory of representation: how we represent ourselves and the mechanisms that determine how we interpret the representation of others.The spectacular commission DEPOT, made especially for BALTIC's Level 4 gallery, re-imagines ‘Jonah the Giant Whale', a preserved whale exhibited inside a lorry which toured across Europe from the 1950s to the mid-1970s.

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FIONA TAN: Inside the Lorry
Tan has rebuilt the 76-foot-long vehicle; however, it now contains a cabinet of curiosities, inviting the viewer to climb aboard.
FIONA TAN: The Film Inside the Lorry
Drawing on Newcastle’s forgotten history as a major whaling port, DEPOT is an exhibition within an exhibition, an immersive presentation that also includes a new film installation incorporating footage from the depots of natural history museums internationally.
FIONA TAN: Leviathan (an archive film)
The exhibition also includes Leviathan 2015, a new, monumental projection of found archival footage of the stripping of a whale. The title of the work makes reference to the sea monster Leviathan in the Old Testament. The word has since become synonymous with any large sea creature, in particular the whale.

A special event at BALTIC to celebrate the opening of Fiona Tan: DEPOT, 9 July 2015.

Live performance of 'Me to Feggari' and premiere of 'Leviathan' by Calliope Tsoupaki with Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Nora Fischer (soprano), Kaori Yamagami and Michiel Weidner (violincello), Daniel Hammersley and Gabriel Waite (violincello from Royal Northern Sinfonia).

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