FILM: Tacita Dean – Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

28 Nov

A defence of analogue film.

An argument for the unique qualities of the celluloid medium.

A flip from the traditional landscape orientation to the vertical.

Sprocketed nostalgia made modern.

Like a page of moving poetry, stanza by stanza of absorbing images.

I sat and watched it through twice, enjoying the sounds and silhouettes of children against the film.

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Tacita Dean

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.

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