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British artist Tacita Dean has created a new work for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.
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Tacita Dean is the latest artist to take up the challenge of filling Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.
Her response, entitled 'FILM', is a silent 35mm looped film projected onto a monolith standing 13 metres tall.
FILM by Tacita Dean is the twelth annual commission in The Unilever Series at Tate Modern,
11 October 2011 to 11 March 2012.
FILM seeks not only to invigorate debate about the threat that film is under
but also to stand as a testament to the distinctive qualities of this unique medium.


British artist Tacita Dean has created a new filmwork for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. FILM is an experimental response to the architecture of the space and a portrait of the medium itself.


Selected pages from Tacita Dean's notebook kept during
the making of FILM.

Mount Analogue

The Surrealist novel Mount Analogue by French writer Rene Daumal, has been an important reference to Tacita Dean in the making of FILM.

Vertical Cinema

Influential artist film-maker Maya Deren suggested a Vertical Cinema, concerned with the inherent qualities of the film image - time, space and its symbolic potential.


Selected extracts from the exhibition catalogue. Tacita Dean invited international artists, film-makers, curators, critics and film activists to give their response to the medium of film.

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Tacita Dean