All the things I am attracted to are just about to disappear.
Over the past fifteen years, Tacita Dean has created a body of work that is fascinating for its unconventional use of film and its unruly beauty. With twenty film installations and numerous photograph works and large-format drawings, “Analogue” is the most extensive presentation of her work thus far. Exhibited in seven island-like spaces, her films, drawings and photographs establish a mutual dialogue.
The films are usually brief 16-mm-projections shown in loops. They are “images” that may move but do not run away with the story, instead remain present and effective as images. The films could be described as documentary if not for the specific movement of the camera that turns them into something quite different.
The camera probingly films objects and places and captures their light; it feels out surfaces, bringing out unnoticed phenomena of the visible and then losing them again. Crucial to recording these images is finding the right moment that contains the shift from the still present to the just disappeared. This moment cannot be captured by force; it must be sought and courted, but ultimately it simply has to be hit upon and seen. This gives Dean’s cinematic images something magical and unreal.
Tacita Dean (born in Canterbury in 1965) lives and works in Berlin. Her medium is analogue film, but she also shows expert mastery of photography and drawing. In her densely poetic works, she explores subjects and people on the verge of disappearance—increasingly including 16 mm film itself, which is under threat from digital technology. In 1998, Dean was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize. She gained further international recognition for her 2012 installation “FILM” in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern.