|Commisioned by Arcadia and funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Tacita Dean's JG explores connections between J.G. Ballard's short story "The Voices of Time" (1960) and Robert Smithson's earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (both 1970). |
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 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 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.”
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Detailed schedule information:
JG is a 26 1/2 minute film. It will be screened on the days and times posted below. (The final screening of each day begins one hour before the gallery closes. )
- On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, JG will be screened at 10 AM, 11 AM, Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, and 4 PM.
- On Thursdays JG will be screened at 10 AM, 11 AM, Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM.
- On Saturdays and Sundays, JG will be screened at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM.
- The gallery is closed on Mondays.