Sunday, 11 March 2012

Tacita Dean

I found Tacita Dean's film in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern to be quite remarkable.

The film is an 11-minute silent 35mm film projected onto a gigantic white monolith standing 13 metres tall at the end of a darkened Turbine Hall. It is the first work in The Unilever Series devoted to the moving image, and celebrates the masterful techniques of analogue film-making as opposed to digital. The work evokes the monumental mysterious black monolith from the classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film feels like a surreal visual poem, including images from the natural world among others, with the epic wall of the Turbine Hall showing through, in a montage of black and white, colour, and hand-tinted film. Tate Modern Website

Here's a video about the exhibition:

I really wish that I had taken my video camera to film this. I only took my camera and the movie setting on it isn't great but at least I managed to video some of the balls disappearing into clouds and the giant bubbles which were my favourite part of this film. I've never seen a film done this way before. Vertical images seemed to fall from the giant screen like rain drops disappearing into the ground. I loved the way this was done, it was quite exhilarating to see something so different.

Below is a video of Tacita Dean talking about her work for the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern:

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