Tacita Dean: Recent films and other works: Works: Delft Hydraulics 1996

Delft Hydraulics 1996
16mm black and white film with optical sound, 3 minutes
Courtesy the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

Delft Hydraulics was filmed in De Voorst, the northerly campus site for the eponymous marine laboratory in Holland. I had been very attracted to their ‘wave machine’ but had to wait a year before it was used again by two Polish scientists with a grant from the European Community. Inevitably now disused and replaced by computer technology, the wave machine had been a tool to measure the theoretical wave and its impact on a theoretical surface in order to study coastal erosion. Throughout the day, a pump sent different shaped waves along the length of the tank. I always insist this film is shown very small and at waist height.