CONCEPT: Islands of Innocence

TITLE: Islands of Innocence – A multi media exhibition
PROPOSED TIME: One night only June 6pm – 9pm, 2018

DRAFT EXHIBITION STATEMENT

The projected imagery and audio included in this exhibition elucidate emotive regard for islands such as innocence and reverence; qualities essential if we are to preserve the environmental integrity of islands, the ecologies they support and their surrounding habitats.

Still and moving imagery from the Quandamooka, Lord Howe and Solomon Islands will be projected onto suspended screens in the North Stradbroke Island Museum Foul Ward over static displays of human centric histories contrasted with fluid imagery and audio of innocence and dis/respect.

Iconic Shore Line Imagery from the Seventh Seal

“Disillusioned knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and his nihilistic squire Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) return after fighting in the Crusades and find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. On the beach immediately after their arrival, the knight encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot), personified as a pale, black-cowled figure resembling a monk. The knight, in the middle of a chess game he has been playing alone, challenges Death to a chess match, believing that he can forestall his demise as long as the game continues. Death agrees, and they start a new game…

All scenes except two were shot in or around the Filmstaden studios in Solna. The exceptions were the famous opening scene with Death and the Knight playing chess by the sea and the ending with the dance of death, which were both shot at Hovs Hallar, a rocky, precipitous beach area in north-western Scania....

As it was written in a program note that accompanied the movie’s premier “It is a modern poem presented with medieval material that has been very freely handled…The script in particular—embodies a mid-twentieth century existentialist angst…”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seventh_Seal#cite_note-f2f-19

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Melvyn Bragg interviews Ingmar Bergman (1978)

On the seventh seal…

Melvyn Bragg

“The film starts with the knight on the shore playing chess and then death turns up rather like a monk, why is…”

Igmar Bergman

“Or a clown if you want it…”

Melvyn Bragg

“You decided to make him a man…rather than a presence?”

Igmar Bergman

“Yes Because that is the fascination and the majic of the stage or the cinema or the picture. I think it’s marvellous”.

Colour of Sound

BBC radio documentary programme on the relationship between sound and colour explores Isaac Newton’s “optickal” theories…

“Music in the 17th and 18th centuries and long before wasn’t just the sound we heard, it was a bigger binding idea of a universal system of proportions, and ratios that connected the cosmos together”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04dv0ns

Kadinsky later in the 20th century wrote

“Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul”.

Pictured is Composition V11, 1913 by Wassily Kandinsky.