The Tate Modern presents the installation ‘Film’ by English Berlin-based filmmaker Tacita Dean, it is part of the Unilever Series, an annual artistic commission which invites an artist to fill the museum’s Turbine Hall. ‘Film’ is the twelfth installation of its kind and the first film project in the history of the Unilever Series.

‘Film’ is an 11-minute silent 35mm film projected onto a gigantic white monolith standing 13 metres tall at the end of a darkened Turbine Hall. It is the first work in The Unilever Series devoted to the moving image, and celebrates the masterful techniques of analogue film-making as opposed to digital. The work evokes the monumental mysterious black monolith from the classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film feels like a surreal visual poem, including images from the natural world among others, with the epic wall of the Turbine Hall showing through, in a montage of black and white, colour, and hand-tinted film. dean’s tinting and cut-film techniques help to create her surrealistic installation;each frame of film altered entirely by hand.

The piece features black, white and colorful images of both man-made and natural surroundings, flickering brightly in the darkened hall. ‘Film’ is celebration and exposure of Dean’s artistic ideals in addition to the malleable quality of the medium itself.


Tacita Dean’s ‘Film’ is on now at Tate Modern until 11 March 2012 as part of the Unilever Series.