Monday, March 2, 2009

Tacita Dean's Kodak

Ubuweb recently added Tacita Dean's 2006 documentary Kodak to their archives. Shot at the Kodak factory in Chalon-sur-Saône, France after the discovery of the closing their film production facility, Dean's film is a beautiful and self-referiential homage to a process whose future is shrouded in uncertainty. As Ubuweb states:

"The 44-minute-long work Kodak constitutes a meditative elegy for the approaching demise of a medium specific to Dean's own practice. Kodak's narrative follows the making of the celluloid as it runs through several miles of machinery. On the day of filming, the factory also ran a test through the system with brown paper, providing a rare opportunity to see the facilities fully illuminated, without the darkness needed to prevent exposure."

To view the film in its entirety go here.