Tacita Dean

One thousandth of a millionth of a millionth of a second, 2014


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Tacita Dean’s 2014 Berlin Biennale project 10 to the 21 consisted of four parts: The two films Nanospoke and Target Area Petawatt, as well as the photogravure diptych In Pursuit of Transparency as well as One Thousandth of a Millionth of a Millionth of a Second. Dean explores laboratory-based laser tests or nano nuclear equivalent explosions and the possibility of ‘filming’ them. The tests occur in a fragment of time, in femtoseconds—a thousand million millionths of a second. Capturing such micro-events is a task that far exceeds the natural capacities of film, which paradoxically is the only medium capable of recording them.

Print technique
Photogravure on Hahnemühle Bütten 350g
Paper size 20.5 x 29.5 cm
Edition of 24
Printed by Julie Dam
Published by Niels Borch Jensen Editions
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Signed and numbered by the artist
Registration no
ID: TaD 14 003-1

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