The above story is the material for a new work by artist Daragh Reeves (1974, UK). He re-presents the original film (‘Un Borghese Piccolo Piccolo’of Marlo Monicelli, 1977) as an abstract vision of colour and pace. The voice of an Italian woman is heard over the telephone. The woman (played by the artist’s real life grandmother) attempts to translate the dialogue while she watches the film at home for the first time.
Free Exchange with Daragh Reeves: Thursday 24 June, 20.00h (original date was 23 June!)
UN BORGHESE PICCOLO PICCOLO
This is the title of the film Daragh Reeves mailed to his grandmother last month. He wanted her to translate this story from the original Italian, to English while she watched it for the first time. She did so over the telephone as he made a recording in Holland. Once she returned the tape, he replaced the soundtrack of the film with their recording.
“It was my intention to use this new version in an exhibition in which the original images would be translated into something abstract. I found a material that would produce reflections baring no resemblance to any film projected against it. The reflections were strange and beautiful, an ideal vision to accompany the story as told by my grandmother. The two would be locked into a synchronised response to the dramatology decided by the original director in 1977.
In the end the result disappointed me. I felt I had merely curated my own idea and nothing more. I left it a week then re-entered the space to begin work again. The period lasted two weeks during which I worked mainly in the dark with the voice of my grandmother telling the story over and over, with only the dim light of the vision. Then I projected the film against the wall and began tracing details from it. A mural grew. A moustache here a bowl there, a windscreen over in the corner all joined up. Different reflective materials were used in my drawing, so the screen began to return light to other parts of the room. I made drawings in these places also.” (D. R.)
Daragh Reeves will use the occasion of ‘Free Exchange’ to demonstrate the two main versions of the show that finally derived from the experiments over the last weeks.
He will also talk about “the exchange of spirits implicit in a high film watching experience”.
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