CLICK ON THE ABOVE FOR THIS SILENT FILM OF BALLET LEGEND ANNA PAVLOVA
MUSIC IS BY BRIAN ENO & CLUSTER
Still from Eraserhead - directed by David Lynch
S I L E N C E New Project Brief October 2009
Here are Some questions …
CAN SILENCE BE VISUAL ?
IN THE REALMS OF VISUAL LANGUAGE, WHAT IS SILENCE ?
WHAT CAN SILENCE EVOKE and CONVEY or rather ALLOW ?
SEE YOUR BRIEF BELOW AND VISUALLY DISCUSS AND INVESTIGATE
P A R T O N E
Research the possible concepts and visual potential of ‘Silence’ and with lateral visual experimentation attempt to conceptually interpret silence in any media or form.
These visual ideas and experiments will be utilized for the realization of the project in PART TWO of the brief – which will be introduced later.
Collect and collate historic contextual imagery to reference in your staff and peer tutorials.
Format ? What is required ?
1. Any format, media or size - experiment and reflect on what Silence could mean and begin a A BODY OF Visual experiments that visualise your ideas and visual studies , this can be Digital Photography – found imagery, drawing, scanning and software experiments – an amalgam of these or just one approach – it is open to your interpretation.
Collect and show 5 examples of ‘Silence’ at your first tutorial seminar – found or made images – any format, but the meaning or effect of the image is key to your dialogue
Please note Attendance at your seminar tutorials is vital - to form and enhance your ideas
Why am I doing this ? You are investigating ‘SILENCE’ a key semiotic conduit and vehicle for the communication of emotion, atmosphere and metaphor –the silent pause, the empty space , the open space for the audience to ‘reflect’ and project into – You are analysing the psychology of persuasion.
Further information Full unit descriptions are in the 3rd year student handbook here...
REFERENCES /Research and Links
Consider the Sao Paulo hoardings ban
Political silence – censorship - abstension
Research Malevich's historic ‘black square’ painting 1915
Edward Hoppers reflective Paintings of captured ZEN like moments - and the essay by Alain de Botton on Hoppers work in his book ‘The Art of travel’
Hans Richters film 1921 ( the link is above top right in the links list - just click on it )
Richter 1920s !
info also at http://interartive.org/index.php/2009/07/unknown_pleasures/
Joy Divisions Unknown pleasures Album Sleeve - P.Saville / Manchester 1978/9
''A white radio waveform, pulsar CP 1919. The cover was black, the luxurious black of deep space. '' Jon Wozencroft source @ http://www.tate.org.uk/tateetc/issue10/outoftheblue.htm
pulsar1919 are the dying pulses of a dying star - however the back of the sleeve, where the track listings were traditionally placed, was left SILENT. Instead of labeling the record as ‘Side One’ and ‘Side Two’ Saville chose the terms ‘Outside’ and ‘Inside.
The sculptural edification of empty space – see Rachel Whitread’s cast house sculpture and other pieces in that series- Unoccupied and empty or ‘lost’ space
Rachel Whiteread's casts. House, 1993. top: Ghost, 1990.
Whiteread’s casts House, 1993, and Ghost, 1990, both capture architectural space, doing away with the material frame and solidifying the air within negative space. Playing between the cast and its mould, Ghost disturbs the categories of presence and absence, almost mocking materiality by substance-ing silent space. Uros Cvoro reads this work in relation to Derrida’s notion of the Trace. He writes, “The force of the trace emerges not only from placing presence under erasure, but also from destabilising absence as a category of meaning in the play between absence and presence…As traces of trapped space and destroyed spatiality, casts embody the compression and congealing of ‘life’, meaning and the spatial intervals necessary to sustain them.”
Source; Uros Cvoro, The Present Body, the Absent Body, and the Formless, Art Journal, Vol. 61, No. 4. (Winter, 2002), pp.54-63, Pg 56-57
Consider the spaces and silences in dance, theatre and Film - the pauses – the absence of music, the commas and pauses in language – at times silence can evoke more than the language itself. Non verbal communication
View Silent documentary footage and the resonance of silent social documentation – juxtaposed with an alternative audio context.
Consider how silence is used as a metaphor by directors and employed to huge dramatic effect – David Lynch is a prime example of this.
‘In Lynch's penultimate film The Straight Story (1999), silence is employed regularly to convey isolation, but also to create sonic discomfort in order to reflect the fact that the main character, Alvin Straight, has not spoken to his brother for many years. The theorist and sound designer Philip Brophy comments on this when he writes, "There are many moments in the film where one hears absolutely nothing. The abject silence of The Straight Story echoes that loss of proximity engineered by old age: literally, we are removed from the film; not merely from a certain narrational moment, but from the realm of narration. We are left sitting in the cinema in total isolation." (Brophy in www.media-arts...StraightStory) Through this isolation the viewer is able to empathise with the isolation felt by Alvin in the film; the silence is symbolic of his solo journey to meet his brother and also his lifelong journey, which is nearing its end, death being the ultimate silence.
Article source here http://www.britishfilm.org.uk/lynch/Schap1.html
Musician and Artist Brian Eno's Video paintings
on http://www.ubu.com and now finally available on DVD at amazon uk , these video installations were produced by Brian Eno to be shown at various galleries around the world. Subsequently released on vhs and laserdisc, this is the first time for these pieces on beautifully crisp DVD. Perfect viewing material for any follower of Eno, the two works are to the video format what his audio pieces were to music; ambient musings on the nature of the medium. They are non linear and have no obvious plotline or direction : 'video paintings' as the title suggests, drifting in and out of focus. ; the first piece on the disc is accompanied by Eno's seminal Thursday Afternoon, a beautiful single hour-long piano track, and the second piece entitled 'Mistaken Memories of Mediaevil Manhattan' is set to tracks from Music for Airports and On Land. 'Thursday Afternoon' is probably the most accessible, with Eno using film footage taken of his close friend Christine Alicino and cutting it together intimately. It ends up playing a little like a nostalgic diary, a musing on the life or a person now departed. The second piece is less figurative, and features painterly shots of the New York skyline, clouds moving overhead and the colours drifting like a melting palette. This brings to mind the recent William Basinski DVD, which probably took influence from this piece in some way as the two tackle very similar subject matter, albeit in totally different time slots. Altogether this is a captivating disc and an indispensable part of any discerning Eno fan's collection.
and Laurie Anderson
Remember the great iconic strap line from Ridley Scott ‘s film ALIEN
In space no one can hear you scream ' !
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
French Art Director of ELLE rendered MUTE by stroke - the amazing true story of Jean Dominique Bauby
Great Poster for a great French Film ( planned for Kino4 in December ) 'The diving bell and the butterfly' the film of the book - the extraordinary memoir of Jean-Dominique Bauby
Kino Freier Film Aarau
Poster for an alternative cinema in Aarau, Switzerland.
Your MMU Summer brief KINO4
Third year 2009 Summer brief
KINO4 Live Brief
KINO4 is to be the new weekly screen club of classic ‘Arthouse’ films, animations and cultural documentaries, run internally for the course.
A logo identity is required for Kino4’ and a poster for the first few films
Produce either or both
1. A body of experiments in any media and final Poster designs for one or more of Octobers featured films
2. An identity for Kino4
The planned October films are;
‘Good night and Good Luck’ Directed by G.Clooney
‘The Corporation’ Directed by Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar
‘IF’ Directed by Lindsay Anderson and .. The Andrei Tarkovsky season’ including the classic films
Scenes from IF ; these enlarge but dont play - click on top far right of blog page to play - see LINKS above
IF by Lindsay Anderson
The Heart – From ‘Stalker’ by Andrei Tarkovsky
The huge visual influence of Andrej T A R K O V S K Y
new recommended books like ‘Citizen Designer’ by Stephen Heller are on the Design Log Blog below
any questions you can email me at work
and finally - visit the criterion website http://www.criterion.com/
for beautiful dvd cover designs and filmic images like this one
see Criterion website for more designs