We’re in the Devine galleries and we’re in the middle of a rather complex production of a new film work. The idea here is to create a historical collapse in some sense to tell the story of this space in eight minutes of film. To take artworks that have been shown here over a very long period and to force them to coexist in a moment in the space again. So it’s like a haunting in a way, it’s a ghost story somehow I suppose.
It’s a combination of things which exist in the Tate collection, so those are things which we’re actually just wheeling in and installing. And then there are the other works that we couldn’t get hold of, so we’ve found different ways of recreating those works for the film. One of the works is actually a work that no longer exists by Fiona Banner and we’re going to recreate in CGI, in a computer this amazing chrome plated Jaguar which lay upturned at one end of the galleries. Martin Creed’s Runner will also be recreated.
We’re working rather long nights in the calm and the quiet. We have probably about 25 people involved in just this part of the project and then it goes onto post-production and then there’s probably another 25 people, and then I sit around biting my nails in the corner. This motion control technology that we’re using, it’s an incredible way to collate time and space in a single linear film narrative. It is a time machine in a funny sort of way, the Milo.
I suppose as an artist I’m always interested in how spaces have the history, they are haunted by previous works. I mean I’ve been coming to this space since I was a kid, and so there are all these half remembered images there. A space is never fresh, it’s never completely a blank canvas, so I thought to really take that on and start to use some of those images that were floating around. They’re all things that have been there at one time in their lives. So we’re just putting them back where they were originally. Once we’ve shot all of the raw footage, that then gets spliced together to make a continuous loop. I always like to, I don’t know, try something new and test a new way of working I suppose, and so it seemed like a good opportunity to do that.