The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free

Tacita Dean / Jim Rakete
The J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute invite you to a special program in conjunction with the Getty's Art on Screen initiative.

Featuring films and a presentation by noted film artist Tacita Dean, and a proposal to have UNESCO recognize the medium of film as a world cultural heritage.

5:00-6:30 p.m. Screening of films by Tacita Dean

7:00-7:45 p.m. FILM and Film

7:45-8:30 p.m. UNESCO proposal presented by Tacita Dean and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, followed by discussion with leading filmmakers and artists

Films to be screened: (5:00-6:30 p.m.)

A Bag of Air (3 min.; 1995; 16 mm.)

"If you rise at dawn in a clear sky, and during the month of March, they say that you can catch a bag of air so intoxicated with the essence of Spring that when it is distilled and prepared, it will produce an oil of gold, remedy enough to heal all ailments…." - Tacita Dean (narration from the film)

Kodak (44 min.; 2006; 16 mm.)

"I was trying to get hold of black and white film for my 16mm camera ... and ... I was told that Kodak had stopped producing it ... I found five rolls in New York and I decided on a whim to think about using it to film the Kodak factory in Chalon-sur-Saône, at this point not knowing that they had just decided to stop all film production there. The idea of the film was to use its obsolete stock on itself. The point is that it's a medium that's just about to be exhausted." (Tacita Dean)

Michael Hamburger (28 min.; 2007; 16 mm.)

This film about the Berlin-born British poet and translator Michael Hamburger evolved from a commission for an exhibition about the writer, W.G. Sebald. Sebald meets Hamburger in a chapter of his book, The Rings of Saturn, and focuses on him exclusively in relation to the subject of apples - ‘fruit to outlast our days’ — which Hamburger cultivated in his Suffolk orchard.

"Though Hamburger is said to have despaired of reviews of his poetry which declared that he was ‘better known as a translator’, we might detect a similar deprecation of his self, by himself, in the film which shares his name. Unwilling, perhaps unable, to talk of his past and his migrations, most especially fleeing Nazism in 1933, he talks poignantly, instead, of his apple trees, of where they have come from, and of their careful cross breeding. Purity is dismissed, and one senses with an awkward pathos that the poet is translating himself." –– Jeremy Millar in Waterlog, Castle Museum, Norwich.

(Film selection subject to change)

FILM and Film (7:00-7:45 p.m.)

Tacita Dean talks about FILM, her installation at the Tate Modern in London. This work is an 11-minute, silent 35 mm film that is projected onto a 13 meter-tall white monolith. Dean also discusses her use of masterful techniques of analogue filmmaking to create FILM, a work that would not have been possible in digital format. FILM has been called "a love letter to a disappearing medium."

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