Tacita Dean at the Tate Modern

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Still catching up on my backlog of images. These ones are of the Tacita Dean film in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London.  For non-UK (and perhaps non-London people too), Tate Modern is housed in what used to be an old power station and it has changing art installations in what was the turbine hall.

I don’t know much about Tacita Dean; I knew the name before I went but not a great deal about what sort of things she’d done.  This film is projected onto the  back wall of the turbine hall, which is a huge area and the film is equally huge and therefore has quite an impact when you see it.  Dean refers to it as a visual poem and that seems like a good description to me; I wouldn’t really know what else to make of it, although I did enjoy it and watched it through several times.  The images and colours are constantly changing and very compelling.  I’m not sure I have a great deal to say about it – certainly nothing very erudite or knowledgeable – but if you’re interested, there’s a Guardian article here that’s quite interesting.  And if you’d like a look at the film itself, youtube has several versions of which this is one – complete with playful children.

I took loads of photos, but of course I had my usual problem of hand-holding in a very dark space so many of them were too blurred to use.  You could go and sit  – or walk round if you liked – in the hall itself and there were lots of children racing around and having fun interacting with the film.  These were the ones that made for the most interesting pictures; partly because of the interaction, but also because they bring home the sheer size of the projected film.

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And finally, this man was just sitting at the side of the hall in the darkness, totally absorbed in his ipad.  This photo is hopelessly blurred  because of the slow shutter speed I was forced to use, but I kind of like it anyway.

Ipad man