Ideas forward

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Sewing (Sketched story board draft)

Going forward with this project, I envisage a short with interjected with animated frames. a similar simple audio of conversations or monologues from my mother. I would like to look at using tacks that I record of her singing hymns(singing along with songs of praise?)

The sewing ,machine and it’s mechanisms with be key to the photography, the cotton thread moving around as it unwinds, the needle puncturing the fabric with the up and down action, the bobin loading….. etc. I imagine one scene, but several angles including long shots of my mother sitting at the machine within a room. Light with change and the natural daylight fades, I will enhance this notion with LED panels

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Props, I may well use the dress makers dummy, garments being made and patterns.

Much of my inspiration for the look of this work has come from Kentridge and I have taken particular inspiration from his drawings onto old books. There is a narrative and sense of time passing and a element of nostalgia. I always like the way he incorporates sound (singing).

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‘Tango for Page Turning is a film fragment made for the theatre piece Refuse the Hour (2012-13). This and its companion piece, the 5-channel video installation The Refusal of Time, arose in part out of a series of conversations between South African artist William Kentridge and American historian of science Peter Galison on matters including the history of the control of world time, relativity, black holes, and string theory. Music for both projects was created by Philip Miller.

In this fragment, Joanna Dudley sings a shattered rendering of the French song Spectre de la Rose by Hector Berlioz, from his song cycle Les Nuits d’´Eté, based on the poetry of Théophile Gautier. The words are a jumbled-up, random combination of words which originate in the English translation of Spectre de la Rose. Using Dada-ist techniques of cutting up the poem into word fragments and mixing them up in a hat, Miller re-assembled the words into a new version of the poem. The dancing figure on the pages is drawn from Dada Masilo, who both choreographed and danced in Refuse the Hour.

Translating his distinctive charcoal drawings into hand-made animated films that show signs of erasure and reworking, South African artist William Kentridge crafts allegorical, gestural narratives that may be read as specific to the political and social realities of South Africa, at the same time that they function as powerful observations of the human condition. He is one of the most famous artists in the world, and has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, two Documentas and three Venice Biennales.’

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