|Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean|
LFF Connects are a series of talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring both the future of film itself and how film engages with other creative industries including television, music, art, games and creative technology.
Christopher Nolan is best known as the director of intelligent blockbusters such as Interstellar, Inception and The Dark Knight. Tacita Dean is a former Turner Prize nominee. In 2011, she made FILM for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London and is a founding member of savefilm.org.
When they meet at the BFI Southbank on 9 October, Nolan and Dean will explore the importance of seeing films projected on film as an essential part of cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future, and why the debate around film needs to change.
Tacita Dean says: “As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”
Their LFF Connects Film conversation will be moderated by BFI creative director Heather Stewart, who has worked widely in cultural programming. They will also be joined in the discussion by Alexander Horwath, director of the Austrian Film Museum who has written and spoken about the importance of showing film as film and preservation, asking how can any cultural heritage remain intelligible when handed down to future generations without attention to its medium?
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival director, said: “LFF Connects is a series of events designed to look at the future of film and its intersection with the wider creative industries. We could not hope to have a more dynamic, impactful launch than to bring together Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean, two of the greatest creators working in film and art to discuss the future of film as a medium.”
A British artist based in Berlin, and recent artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Tacita Dean is internationally renowned for her 16mm and 35mm films, as well as other works in various mediums, most notably her chalkboard drawings.