‘Sometimes this membrane between us, which makes you the audience and me the actor, gets ruptured. I don’t mean an artistic rupture – the deliberate transgressing of the thing, which divides us in order to find a different or deeper connection between us – I mean an actual rupture. A hole broken through it. When that happens, a spell is broken. Our confidence in the artifice is shattered and it can feel dangerous.’ from Tacita Dean, Event for a Stage, 2015
Art historians Tamara Trodd (University of Edinburgh) and Ed Krčma (University of East Anglia), and writer and critic Hannah McGill (Queen Margaret University) discuss Tacita Dean’s exploration of performance and the construction of narratives and fictions in her films and drawings.
Image: Tacita Dean Event for a Stage, 2015, 16mm colour film, optical sound, 50 minutes. Location photograph. Courtesy the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris. Photo: Zan Wimberley