This exhibition of work by acclaimed British artist Tacita Dean is built around regular screenings of Dean’s ‘bewilderingly intricate’ Event for a Stage, 2015.
This film (which has been cut together over four nights of live performance) features actor Stephen Dillane variously acting from a script written for and given to him, page by page, by Dean; declaiming lines from Shakespeare’s The Tempest; reminiscing about his family; reading a story; and announcing the changing of reels for the two cameras that are filming him.
It is a performance about performing, given by an actor playing an actor. It is joined in the exhibition by a number of other films, drawings and photogravures (including When first I raised the Tempest, 2016, the longest so far of Dean’s signature blackboard drawings, shown here for the first time in the UK) that together examine the relationship of performance to fiction, the imagination, and the collective e ort
of artist and audience.
Screenings of Event for a Stage are free, but should be booked in advance or on the day via Eventbrite.
7 July — 30 September 2018
Mon — Sun, 10am — 7pm
Outside of August: Mon — Sun, 11am — 6pm
The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1DF