Tacita DeanKodak 2006

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Tacita Dean (born 1965)
Date 2006
MediumFilm, 16 mm, projection, black and white and colour, and sound
Dimensionsduration: 44min
Acquisition Presented by Tate Members 2007
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Ruin Lust


Kodak is a looped film recording the production of 16mm film in the Kodak factory in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. Dean has explained:

I was trying to get hold of black and white film for my 16mm camera ... and ... I was told that Kodak had stopped producing it ... I found five rolls in New York and I decided on a whim to think about using it to film the Kodak factory in Chalon-sur-Saône, at this point not knowing that they had just decided to stop all film production there. The idea of the film was to use its obsolete stock on itself. The point is that it’s a medium that’s just about to be exhausted.

(Quoted in ‘Kultureflash Interview: Artworker of the Week: Tacita Dean’.)

In the event, although Dean’s film opens in black and white, with a long shot of reflective metal surfaces on machinery operated by men in white overalls, it quickly shifts to colour, capturing intense blues and greens that are abstracted by the artist’s close framing. During the course of forty-four minutes, a sequence of static shots shows mysterious closed spaces in which giant rollers turn and broad sheets of transparent film are manipulated through complex machines… (read more)

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