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Tacita Dean Berlin Arsenal

The film institute Berlin Arsenal is screening two of Tacita Dean’s films: "Portraits (David Hockney)" and "Presentation Sisters."

Five nuns of the order of the Presentation Sisters in Cork, Ireland, carry out ritual actions – morning prayers, making tea, washing – in which time builds up, becomes fragmented, and the whole structure of the day is contained.

In "Portraits (David Hockney)," Hockney smokes five cigarettes, more recurring gestures in his working room, his Los Angeles studio.

The collision of different places and times in Tacita Dean’s 2005 film," Presentation Sisters" and her 2016 work, "Portraits (David Hockney)" creates parallels between ways of performing actions at work, as a collective, and as an individual artist, of religious and domestic ritual, and of working with images. The film evening “Routine Pleasures” places the question of ritual, repetitive actions, and their specific temporality within the 16mm film image within the framework of how photographic and cinematic evidence is created.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Tacita Dean and Katja Müller-Helle.  

11 December 2019

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