22 agosto 2012

Ospite per due mesi della Hatton Gallery a Newcastle, l'installazione Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing - filmati e immagini prodotti e raccolti da Helen Petts attorno all'opera di Kurt Schwitters, relativi in particolare agli anni del suo esilio in Norvegia e Gran Bretagna durante il nazismo - si potrà visitare per qualche giorno anche a Londra, alla Royal Festival Hall, dal 31 agosto al 9 settembre prossimi. Le fasi di realizzazione del progetto, nell'arco di quasi due anni, sono riassunte in un blog curato della stessa Petts, mentre alcuni video di concerti e performance collegati al programma sono pubblicati su YouTube. In grande evidenza è Phil Minton, ripreso da solo, con Roger Turner, con Ute Wassermann e con il suo Feral Choir.
In un'intervista a Point of Departure, l'autrice descrive il proprio approccio a Schwitters: "I discovered Schwitters' collages through a visit to the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany, after a screening of my films at Hanover Jazz Week. Roger Turner had loaned me a book about him a couple of years earlier and I liked the story but didn't really see what all the fuss was about with his work. Then I discovered the collages and was totally blown away and decided I wanted to make a film that references Schwitters’ art work and his obvious love for mountains, lakes, rhythms and textures in the landscapes he went to, intercut with similar musical rhythms and textures from Minton and Turner's music with a little added Merz-type humor visually from them. I decided to add Adam Bohman to the mix as he is the most Merz-like person I know and I wanted his little scratchy sounds he makes with found objects with contact mikes. And Sylvia Hallett plays a bicycle wheel that sounds just like bleak empty Norwegian fjords where Schwitters first lived in exile. Also Schwitters used the wheel as a recurring motif in his work, so it’s a visual reference."