The Robinson Institute presents an object lesson in Englishness. The latest in the long line of Duveen Commissions, series' of new works by contemporary artists housed in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain, this installation by Patrick Keiller replaces another vision of Englishness: A Harrier jet, suspended from the ceiling, by Fiona Banner.
Patrick Keiller revisits a walk through England taken by his semi-fictional counterpart, Robinson, the unseen narrator of Keiller's films London (1994), Robinson in Space (1997) and Robinson in Ruins (2010). Known for moment of reflection at sites of forgotten significance, researchers at The Robinson Institute piece together the final known journey of their namesake figurehead and reinterpret his efforts through access to works in the Tate collection - and what a collection they have amassed in his honour.
Works by Turner and Gheeraerts, Joseph Beuys, Gursky, Richard Hamilton, John Latham, Eduardo Paolozzi, Andy Warhol and a certain Ms. Banner. There's a first edition of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, and a series of photographs by Keiller himself. The exhibition is a result of a research project, The Future of Landscape and the Moving Image. If this is a vision of the future as imagined by our past, it's more breathtaking than we could imagine.
The Robinson Institute is at Tate Britain until 14 October.