A short film in which we see a technician literally and technically unpacking works held within the Tate moving image collection. Operating a bit like a demonstration film, the analogue anatomy of slide and 16mm film projectors is revealed step by step as he cleans the mechanics and lenses, teasing their fragile parts into action. As technology develops, these once familiar machines become increasingly hard to maintain, but without them the work itself will not be visible. So unlike more traditional art forms, moving image works need to be seen and regularly exercised to prevent obsolescence.
The camera moves from the storage warehouse where we see iconic artworks packaged, racked and stacked, to the close focus of activity in the workshop.
This work is the result of a research project commissioned by Tate Gallery. It was screened at Tate Modern in Autumn 2011. It has toured throughout 2012 as part of Outpost Open Film curated by artist Stuart Croft. It was exhibited as part of In Site of Conversation at Tate Modern December 2012 and is being used as one of four case studies drawn from the In Site of Conversation project in the forthcoming publication of the same name, edited by Eileen Daly, which looks at the Tate Schools and Teachers London curatorial approach. Presented at Analogue Photography in the New Media Age, Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester (UK) in April 2014.