*Tacita Dean, Celluloid, and the Soul of the Film: Analog and Its Other*
Shekhar Deshpande, Professor of Media and Communication
Commons Great Room
Wednesday, March 20
Reception: 6 p.m.
Lecture: 7 p.m.
This is an ancillary event of Arcadia University Art Gallery's current exhibition on JG, a new film by internationally acclaimed British-born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. *JG *was commissioned by and made for Arcadia University Art Gallery and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
JG *is a sequel in technique to *FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. It is inspired by her correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard (1930–2009) regarding connections between and his short story “The Voices of Time” (1960) and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (both works, 1970). The new 26 1/2 minute work is a looped 35mm anamorphic film shot on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and Southern California using Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. An unprecedented departure from her previous 16mm films, JG *tries to respond to Ballard’s challenge—posed to her shortly before he died—that Dean should “treat the *Spiral Jetty as a mystery her film would solve.”
JG will be on view from February 7 through April 21, 2013
Arcadia University Art Gallery
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Tuesday through Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment
Still from *JG *by Tacita Dean, courtesy of Arcadia University Art Gallery.