- Sat 8 Sep 2018
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Free entry
- Donations appreciated
- Wheelchair spaces available
Join exhibition curator and 2017 International Film Curator in Residence Erika Balsom for an introduction to today’s screening of Francisco Rodriguez’s Una Luna de Hierra (2017) and Rebecca Meyers’ Blue Mantle (2010), as part of the Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling programme.
Francisco Rodriguez Una Luna de Hierro (A Moon Made of Iron), 2017
This film opens with the poetry of Xu Lizhi, a worker at the Foxconn electronics factory in Shenzhen who committed suicide in 2014 at the age of 24, and then cuts to the waters of Patagonia. The sea appears placid, but it is in fact a sea of desperation, horrendous working conditions, and bodies overboard in liquid graves. Moving between the local and the global, Francisco Rodriguez inhabits the rippling wake of dead Chinese workers who attempted to flee their squid-fishing boat off the Chilean coast, far from the first for whom a long maritime voyage was one of no return.
29 min., digital video, colour and sound, exempt
Rebecca Meyers Blue Mantle 2010
Filled with hypnotic images of the empty ocean, Rebecca Meyers’ meditative 16mm film exquisitely renders the textures, colours, and all-over movements of the waves. But as Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick, ‘When beholding the tranquil beautiful and brilliancy of the ocean’s skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it’. Meyers reminds us, putting sublime visions of natural expanse into dialogue with quotations and representations that attest to the ocean’s rich history in a cultural repertoire of signs, as if its seeming void were but a cloak for its imaginative wealth, a screen for its projection of dreams and nightmares.
34 min., 16mm, colour and sound, exempt
Pick up your complimentary brochure, Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling, from front desk which includes an essay by the curator Erika Balsom and details on each of the films or download it here.