Tacita Dean on location for JG at Intrepid Potash, Wendover, Utah, with Ponds Supervisor, Russ Draper, and his daughter, Jessica (May 2012). Photograph: Richard Torchia.
Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean conducted site research in the American Southwest for a new 35mm anamorphic film, commissioned by Arcadia University Art Gallery. Inspired by her regard for the dystopian vision and macrocosmic time sense of British writer J.G. Ballard, Dean's film JG was later filmed on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and central California. Following its 2013 presentation at Arcadia, JG toured to various venues in the US, Canada, and Europe.