Thursday, 24 June 2010

'The Waste Land: The Poetry of Super 8'

'The Waste Land', originally uploaded by oko-lab.

Photos from 'The Waste Land' performance can be found here. Thanks to OKO for taking them!

OKO and EXP24 present 'The Waste Land'
Part of C I N E M A P O V E R A

An expanded cinema performance of T.S. Eliot’s epic poem by Chris Hall and Ian Harker with live reading and musical accompaniment.

Published in 1922 in the aftermath of the First World War, T.S Eliot’s epic poem of the 20th Century still divides opinion and remains as mysterious today as when it was first written. Against the backdrop of a devastated Europe with the portentous rise of nationalism, social fragmentation and growing economic turmoil, The Waste Land was written in an atmosphere of uncertainty and creative experimentation. Europe had seen the unparalleled horror of the First World War with death on an unimaginable scale and the seeds of fascism were firmly planted in the ruins. This was a period of economic turmoil, hardship and desperation yet paradoxically it was also a time of unparalleled wealth and technological advance.

Written over a number of years and dedicated to his close friend Ezra Pound, The Waste Land is a complex work, yet it contains some of the most intense and beautiful lines ever written.

Chris Hall and Ian Harker present a new interpretation of the poem finding a striking resonance in today's confused and turbulent age of flickering images, financial crises, and permanent war.

Although in later years Eliot distanced himself from interpretations of the poem as social commentary, the poem can be seen as a desperate search for the affirmative and a refusal of a barren society.

The Waste Land will be read as part of a multi-sensory expanded cinema performance incorporating live projection and a live soundtrack performed by Violaine Bergoin, Lee Hooper, Andrew Staveley and Harry Wheeler.

'Reflections on the Brave New World' Live@KiNETIKA! 2008 (1/3)

This was my response to a recording of the writer Aldous Huxley addressing an audience at Berkeley in the sixties. It was performed as part of exp24's night for Leeds International Film Festival in 2008. The work consisted of a prepared film loop and soundtrack using found footage and hand processed super 8. This was projected alongside an educational 16mm film featuring an earthworm undergoing dissection. The piece is suggestive with both the body of the earthworm and the face of the woman undergoing external manipulation. The power of the piece is dependent on the duration and the interplay between the two on screen images as well as those suggested by the soundtrack. Portions of the original voice recording could be heard along with live audio intervention interference and selected readings from Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man.

'Reflections on the Brave New World' Live@KiNETIKA! 2008 (2/3)

'Reflections on the Brave New World' Live@KiNETIKA! 2008 (3/3)

Friday, 18 June 2010

An exhibition of paintings and other recent work

Trial By Fire: Part 1

First part in a conceptual cycle to be projected over three walls.

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