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French artist chosen to fill Tate
Gonzalez-Foerster's Seance de Shadow II (bleu), 1998
Gonzalez-Foerster created Seance de Shadow II (bleu) in 1998
A French artist has been commissioned by London's Tate Modern gallery to fill its Turbine Hall.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, whose works have included "performing shadows", is known for her visitor participation atmospheric works.

She will be the ninth artist to exhibit at the hall when her work is unveiled to the public in October.

The current exhibit is a giant subterranean crack that stretches the length of Tate Modern's floor.

Gonzalez-Foerster will be the second French-born artist commissioned for the Unilever Series after Louise Bourgeois, who launched the project in 2000. It will be Gonzalez-Foerster's first UK commission.

'Immersive environments'

Her previous creations include the transformation of a room into "a theatre of performing shadows" (Seance de Shadows II, 1998) and a sound and light show (Cosmodrome, 2001).

Recently, her work has immersed visitors in the sound of tropical rainfall (Promenade, 2007).

"Chosen for her remarkable ability to create unique and immersive environments, we look forward to seeing how Gonzalez-Foerster's commission will transform our experience of the Turbine Hall," said Tate Modern director, Vicente Todoli.

Previous installations in the 500ft (152m) long and 115ft (35m) high hall have been a huge success.

Other works include a series of giant slides by the Belgian-born artist Carsten Holler, The Weather Project - a foggy sunset by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, and British artist Anish Kapoor's giant, red Marsyas sculpture.



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