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Tacita Dean

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 February 2012

Michael Berkeley's guest today is the visual artist Tacita Dean, one of the Young British Artists, who is best-known for her work in 16mm film, although she also uses a variety of media including drawing, photography, and sound. Her large-scale installation, Film, is currently on show in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

Born in Canterbury, she studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade. In 1995 she was included in General Release: Young British Artists held at the Venice Biennale, and has been associated with the group thereafter known as Young British Artists, who also include the Chapman brothers, Sam Taylor-Wood, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Douglas Gordon.

She works predominantly in 16mm tape, and in 2001 she was given a solo show at Tate Britain. The previous year, she was awarded a scholarship to Berlin, where she now lives. In 2006 the most comprehensive retrospective of her work to date, Analogue, was shown at Basel, and in 2009 she had her first major solo show in Italy, Still Life. She was nominated for the 1998 Turner Prize, following her 1996 film Disappearance at Sea. Her current Tate Modern installation, Film, is an elegy for a fast-disappearing medium.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell Sound the Trumpet

    Performers: Alfred & Mark Deller, The Deller Consort

    VANGUARD 08506071

  • Image for Gregorio Allegri

    Gregorio Allegri Miserere

    Performers: Choir of King’s College Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks Treble Soloist: Roy Goodman

    DECCA 4211472

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich 2nd mvt from Sonata no 4 for Cello & Piano in D minor (op 40)

    Performers: Stephen Isserlis (cello), Olli Mustonen (piano)

    RCA 09026684372

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel 1st mvt from 'Sonatine'

    Performers: Robert Casadesus (piano)


  • Image for Leos Janacek

    Leos Janacek 1st mvt from String Quartet no 2

    Performers: Smetana Quartet (In Prague Concert)


  • Image for Miklós Rózsa

    Miklós Rózsa Generique' from 'Providence

    Performers: from the original motion picture soundtrack

    CAM CSE085

  • Image for Neil Young

    Neil Young Like A Hurricane (live)

    Performers: Neil Young

    WARNERS 7599272332

  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell Sound the Trumpet (Come ye Sons of Art)

  • Image for Gregorio Allegri

    Gregorio Allegri Miserere

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Sonata, Op.40 (2nd mvt)

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G

  • Image for Miklós Rózsa

    Miklós Rózsa Generique (Providence)

  • Image for Leos Janacek

    Leos Janacek String Quartet No.2 (Intimate Letters) (1st mvt)

  • Image for Neil Young

    Neil Young Like A Hurricane



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