A series of alternative audio tours titled Tate á Tate have been commissioned by activist organisations Platform, Art Not Oil and Liberate Tate, hijacking the Tate in protest at its involvement with BP.
Former Wire staffer and current contributor Phil England has produced a Tate Modern audio tour with Jim Welton titled Drilling The Dirt ('A Temporary Difficulty'), which references Sir Nicholas Serota's comments that: "We all recognise they have a difficulty at the moment but you don't abandon your friends because they have what we consider to be a temporary difficulty."
An audio tour for Tate Britain has been produced by Ansuman Biswas, titled The Panaudicon, which takes listeners to locations around the world where BP is drilling for oil. Isa Suarez, Mae Martin and Mark McGowan have created a soundtrack for the Tate Boat which travels between Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Titled This Is Not An Oil Tanker, it uses music to communicate the experiences of communities affected by the oil industry.
The Tate á Tate audio tours can be downloaded to smartphones, and a launch takes place at London's Calder Bookshop Theatre on 23 March at 6:30pm. Listen below.