Sunday 26 March 2017 8.00pm
GASP ALL NIGHT was a mezmerizing evening of artistic discussion, presentation of major works in development and compelling audience engagement in which artists Janet Laurence and Tega Brain discussed their proposition for a hugely ambitious new work: an island in the Derwent River and James Newitt presented a sneak preview of his major new artists film project currently in production, all as part of GASP’s ongoing Swimmable Reading the River project.
Parliament: An Island in an Island blurs the boundaries between art, environmental science, engineering and interspecies relations. The presentation and discussion was presented by Tega Brain and Janet Laurence (live via skype from Berlin) and included a major discussion with the audience punctuated by powerful installations both representing the island on water, and as virtual 3D viewers on land. More visuals, working designs, organic objects, drawings and other relevant objects formed an exquisite light box mounted table top installation.
James Newitt’s A Plan For Escape is a major new project in production which is inspired by the extraordinary story of 18-year-old Jane Cooper who in 1971 re-located herself to the remote De Witt Island off the southern coast of Tasmania and vowed never to return. James presented a captivating preview of the film in production and spoke of the process and ideas behind the work. The film is scheduled to launch in early 2018… stay tuned for further details and an innovative twist in this major work yet to be revealed…
Following these presentations and integral to A Plan for Escape in production, Newitt then presented an all night program of four classic and deeply engaging films from the 60’s and 70’s which have influenced his work. Cine Escape ran continuously until 6am, with many audience members staying until after midnight for the classic Lord of the Flies and a few hardy souls stayed all night! …drifting in and out of sleep as the following three films imbued themselves into our collective consciousness. (see below for film program).
Lord of the Flies, 1963 PG 1.5 hours, Directed by Peter Brook
In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. (Criterion Collection)
Woman in the Dunes, 1964 M 2.5 hours, Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
[Woman in the Dunes (Suna no no)] is one of cinema’s most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday life as a Sisyphean struggle—an achievement that garnered Teshigahara an Academy Award nomination for best director. (Criterion Collection)
Morel’s Invention, 1974 G 1 hour 50 mins, Directed by Emidio Greco
A shipwrecked man stumbles upon a mysterious island where a group of people preserved in 1920s dress go about their leisurely ways, amidst giant deserted Art Deco buildings. Adapting the same novella by Argentine author Adolfo Bioy Casares that inspired Last Year at Marienbad, director Emidio Greco fashions a slow-burn puzzle film that becomes a commentary on mortality and a potent metaphor for cinema. (Film Society Lincoln Center)
Stalker, 1979 PG 2.75 hours, Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky’s unshakable science-fiction masterwork. (Danny Leigh, The Guardian)
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the Australian Government through the
Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project was assisted through
Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
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