Lack of Fit: Tacita Dean, Modernism and the Sculptural Film

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Abstract

In this paper I examine the continuing legacies of the ‘sculptural film’ for contemporary projected-image work, and consider what is at stake in the shift to which it bears witness, from the material object as model for film, to an explicit – if frequently ruined and derelict – space of projection. The importance of this history is examined through discussion of recent projected-image work by Tacita Dean, notable because in almost every case it is explicitly structured around the camera's exploration of some found physical structure. Modernist uses of the sculptural film – represented, in different ways, in works by László Moholy-Nagy and Richard Serra – are importantly transformed in Dean's work, which draws also on Robert Smithson's earlier reconfiguration of the sculptural and the filmic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368–386
JournalArt History
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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