Tacita Dean - Comoggardising: the benefits of creative indolence - 30 June–23 July 2014
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Application fee: none
During this year laboratory, Tacita Dean will invite the young participants to re-find what the Swiss writer Robert Walser named 'sluggardising.' Interpreted by Dean as the ability to work while appearing to be doing nothing, most often when lying down, this is an important state for the artist and it is often misinterpreted or misunderstood. The level of brain idleness that will be encouraged during the workshop is very rigorous indeed and difficult to achieve. It is an invitation to identify new time and new space in one's life in order to move closer to discovering an unconscious level to one's art practice.
The laboratory is free of charge. Accommodation expenses in Como are to be covered by the participants. To apply, please fill in the form available online at
The application and all required materials must be sent by the 31st of March 2014.
Tacita Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before moving to live and work in Berlin in 2000.
The films, drawings and other works by Tacita Dean are extremely original. Her recent film portraits express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. And while Dean can appreciate the past, her art avoids any kind of academic approach. Dean's art is carried by a sense of history, time and place, light quality and the essence of the film itself. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium and the sensibilities of the individual.
Dean's solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London; MACBA, Barcelona (2001), Tate St Ives (2005), Schaulager, Basel (2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan; ACCA, Melbourne (2009), MUMOK, Vienna; Turbine Hall (Unilever Series), Tate Modern, London (2011) and the New Museum, New York (2012). Most recent exhibitions include The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia and her latest film project JG at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia (2013) and Frith Street Gallery, London (2013) and c/o Jolyon, 2012-2013 at Frith Street Gallery, London (2013).
Shows in 2013 also included Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro; Fundación Botín, Santander; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea in Seoul and Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, MAMbo.
Forthcoming shows in 2014 include The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, UMFA, National Gallery of Denmark, SMK and Sydney Biennale.
Dean has taken part in many group exhibitions including Venice Biennale (2003, 2005 and 2013), Sydney Biennale (2005) and Sao Paulo Biennale (2006 and 2010), and she recently participated in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). Dean was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009.
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