Jayne Parker presents 3 new films accompanied by a small installation:
Woman with Arms Crossed
Digibeta from original 16mm film, b/w and colour, 25 minutes, 2008
The films were premiered at the BFI in the film festival in October 2008 and will have their first gallery showing at R O O M. They follow on from ‘Foxfire Eines’ which were co-commissioned by Spacex and Film and Video Umbrella in 2000.
'Linear Construction', 'Woman with Arms Crossed', and 'Arc', form a trilogy of films set in Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, featuring cellist Anton Lukoszevieze. They include art objects from the Kettle's Yard collection, opening up metaphorical space and meaning. These films are documents of musical performance: respectively, 'Récitation' (1980) by Georges Aperghis; 'Sensitivo, per arco solo' (1959) by Sylvano Bussotti; and 'Raimondas Rumsas' (2002) by Laurence Crane. Each composition holds a special interest: in the first film 'Récitation', requires the cellist to tap the strings with his left hand while speaking phonemes based around the word 'violoncelle'. In the second film Anton faces Rodin's bronze sculpture, 'Eve', sometimes referred to by Rodin as 'Woman with Arms Crossed'. Of the music Anton writes, 'It was composed to allow a situation where the instrumentalist encounters and creates the graphic score with a combination of improvised gestures and concrete sounds from the notation. In my realization I use the bow to a certain extent as if it were a pen or brush in the hand of an imaginary graphic artist, scanning the contours of drawn and scribbled lines....'. The music for the third film, 'Raimondas Rumsas', was composed for Anton to play with his Bach-Bogen, a curved bow capable of playing up to four strings at once.