Aldo Tambellini

Black Spiral

1969, re–edited 2016

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Artist
Aldo Tambellini born 1930
Medium
Digitised 16mm transferred to video, black and white, silent
Dimensions
Running time: 6 min, 36 sec
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Anna Salamone 2016
Reference
T15043

Display caption

Black Spiral is one of several television sculptures Tambellini made in the 1960s. He worked with Bell Labs, a leading research organisation, to reconfigure the screen to transform the image from a rectangle into a moving spiral. He filmed the hypnotic, high-contrast image and transferred this footage to video so that it could be exhibited on a television monitor. ‘To me it was nature as we will see it in the future, in circular or spiral form’, he has said. ‘No Up - No Down - No Gravity. Floating.’ This version is an edited excerpt created specifically for Tate in 2016.

Gallery label, August 2020

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