Tacita Dean's 'Film', Tate Modern

Monday 9 January 2012

Some photos from last week's trip to the Tate Modern. The main reason for visiting the Tate for me was to see Tacita Dean's 'Film' exhibit in the Turbine Hall. These photos are a few of the ones I took during the 11 minute silent film, all shot on 35mm film and hand-cut together. The film is beautiful and abstract, described as a 'visual poem', which fits it perfectly. I found it very interesting that as well as there being no sound from the film, there was also none from the audience - even the children were keeping quiet, mesmerised by the film or even the sheer size of the installation. I watched one child (the only person who actually moved in the hall for a long time) run up to the thirteen metre monolith which the film was being projected on just to see how big it really was. The darkness of the hall was oddly intimate, much more so than a standard 'cinema' experience. Tacita Dean described the film as a way of using the little accidents in film, embracing the fade at the end of a roll or the cut between. It's definitely worth a visit if you're anywhere near London.

I love the Unilever series and have been to all of them since 2006 - Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds, Miroslaw Balka's How It Is, Dominique Gonzalez-Forster's TH. 2058, Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth, and Carsten Holler's Test Site. I'd have loved to go to the others, too - you can see all past works in the Unilever Series here.

My flatmate Ainsley and I have been planning ways of being more 'productive' - not just in terms of actually finishing our assignments but also by exploring the city and doing new things instead of watching re-runs of old television shows and learning the words to every Adventure Time episode. We are making plans to go and visit markets, museums, anywhere we can find that sounds interesting. Hopefully it'll also provide more fodder for my camera!

1 comment:

  1. Truly a lovely little post, with some beautiful pictures x