Tacita Dean speaks about her work FILM, and the necessity to preserve the medium of film in the digital age.
“Film and digital are different mediums; they make different cinema and different art.” – Tacita Dean
Dean’s work FILM is an epic, episodic homage to the analogue processes of celluloid cinema that brings our attention to the beautiful, auratic qualities and historical uses of light through film and highlights the special effects made possible by hand tinting, manual editing, and masking.
FILM was first shown in London as the Tate Turbine Hall Commission in 2011-2012 and, in 2013, at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
With the advent of digital, the medium of film is gravely threatened and might, unless action is taken, simply disappear. Its obsolescence will result in untold tragedy in all that we will no longer be able to see and experience, and also in what we will no longer be able to make, because we will have simply lost the technology to do so.
We cannot allow this to happen.
Therefore we are joining Oscar winning cinematographer, Guillermo Navarro’s request that UNESCO protect the medium of film as a threatened artistic language and name it a World Heritage so that future generations will be able to experience the magnificence of film in the way we have done.