Identical twins on show (Tuesday 22 September 2009)

compiled by Niamh Dunphy
 Damien Hirst: Ingo, Torsten, 1992, gloss household paint on wall, chairs, and identical twins, dimensions variable; image held here
Damien Hirst: Ingo, Torsten, 1992, gloss household paint on wall, chairs, and identical twins, dimensions variable; image held here

Damien Hirst recently made an open call to the public who are identical twins to participate in his upcoming October show at the Tate Modern titled Pop life: art in the material world.
It was Andy Warhol who said that "good business is the best art."  Using this quote as starting point, the exhibition looks at different ways artists have engaged with the mass media and also looks at the development of the artist as brand, since the 1980s.  Artists such as Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami are participating in the show.
In a video message, released 11 September on the Guardian website, Hirst asked identical twins to sit in front of two dot paintings as part of the installation Ingo, Torsten (1992). Twins involved will be required to wear matching clothes and hairstyles.  They will earn £7.60 per hour to work a four-hour shift.
The twins will sit in front of arrangements of dots on each painting that often appear the same from a distance.  Hirst hopes the presence of the twins will emphasize the phenomenon.
Sources: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/32574/tate-modern-seeks-identical-twins-for-hirst-piece/