Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

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too polite to heckle gilbert and george

We went to visit the slides at the Tate in half-term week and came back alive and not too aggravated by overachieving parents attempting to shove their rather small children down the ducts of doom. Level 3 just lets you feel the fun before it drops you off. Level 5 is a G-force treat that pushes back the skin on your face. Carsten Höller (it turns out I've enjoyed him before at the Tate) wants slides to be adopted for regular use -- perhaps for exiting office blocks or theatres. They're updating the fire escapes on this building (or at any rate, the rickety iron ladder arrangement has been officially declared Unsafe) -- maybe I could suggest it. We do have a suggestion scheme. I've even had a previous suggestion accepted. His Sliding Doors have reappeared too, on Level 3. We had fun finding out just the right spot to stand to close them all at once.

But much to timscience's disappointment, it was already too late already for the level 4 slides, now cut off by enormous Gilbert & George art walls. We went up to sniff around what was already visible (it opens on Thursday) and found; gallery constructors zipping around on Mr Plant Scissor lifts, an artists's manifesto talking about getting in touch with normal people (by cutting us off from the slides!?), and Gilbert & George having a coffee with their agent in the coffee shop, inbetween being swept around the exhibition by various gallery folks and kissed by effusive fellow artistes. Even though we had the perfect opportunity, I was too shy to complain about the lack of slide access, but I did eat a coconut pyramid in plain sight, quite close to them. I like to think it got the point across.

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