Jonathan Jones: Teach yourself art installation speak

Jonathan Jones on some handy terms for your Tate Britain visit

Altermodern The big, complicated concept behind this year's show. It's all about the art that succeeds postmodernism, and which takes globalisation for granted. Modern art believed in the inevitability of progress. Postmodernism expressed the death of this belief. Altermodernism insists on a new radical possibility for modernity: it is a Good Thing.

Altermodern artists A new generation finding various ways to resist the standardisation of culture, while also rejecting narrow identities. They cherish the freedom of the global economy, but challenge its homo-genising effects. They draw freely on history and are often archaic: Charles Avery's drawings have a 1920s or 1950s quality.

Art handler Not the art version of novelist Flann O'Brien's book handler, who is paid to make books look used. A general term for technical staff who look after art as it moves from studio or stores to the gallery, and then back again.

Co-curator Experienced staff curators appointed by the Tate to work alongside the lead curator; in this case, Lizzie Carey-Thomas and Carolyn Kerr. They know what the gallery can and can't do, better than the guest curator.

Fabrication The making of a work of art, designed or conceived by an artist and completed by technicians.

Facilities management Supervision of the fabric of the museum itself and its fittings. In this case, it meant buttressing Tate Britain's marble floors to support Subodh Gupta's 22-and-a half-tonne "mushroom cloud".

Exhibition build Construction of the exhibit's setting, including knocking down and rebuilding internal walls.


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