And in the meantime…

It’s been a while. Last post was over a year ago. But lots has been happening in the interim. Amongst other work, Marigold Multimedia Ltd has been commissioned to create work and develop strategy for two public realm projects – details to come soon when the secrecy embargo is lifted!

But watch this space for images of new sculptures….Coming soon.

Autumn sunflowers

Despite more lockdown measures introduced this week there are still sunflowers to be seen in bouquets in the shops. I saw two wonderful straggly plants, their big yellow faces looking up to the sky, growing in pots beside the front door to a close the other day.

Helianthus are part of the daisy family – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helianthus.

They are ubiquitous in Ukraine. A central feature of Goddess of Noon, Franz Werfel must have grown up surrounded by them in Czechoslovakia.

The Goddess of Noon

Written by Franz Werfel in 1919, as an offering for Alma Gropius-Mahler, the play is about ecology, female power, war and peace.

Thanks to a commission from a private donor, the German text was translated into English in 2018. And now, with an award from the Hope Scott Trust, it’s another step closer to becoming a film…

Love Cures

‘Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.’ 

So wrote Sigmund Freud to Carl Jung in 1906. And it’s the inspiration for the next film which has just received seed funding – hurray!

Himalayan Blue

This amazing Himalayan Blue Poppy made a star appearance in a recent trailer for a film about health and healing…

A protagonist of the film said she wanted ‘to be able to smell the flowers’. Reckon everyone can relate to that.

Whithorn Crozier

Whithorn Priory in Dumfries and Galloway used to be an important centre of ecclesiastical power. When we filmed Fashioned Earth this image of the Whithorn Crozier used by the bishops was made in sand amidst the ruins of the Priory.

Still from Fashioned Earth

Global School Climate Strike

This image is from the Climate Strike on George Square in the centre of Glasgow on 24th May, 2019, almost a year to the day. The model kindly agreed to display the placard while he was filmed for ‘Moot’.

In 2020, the climate strikes had to find a different form as the streets in many of the cities of the world were empty. But it still went ahead: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/global-climate-strikes-14-february-2020

Map of Earth

The drawing, written in Cyrillic, is titled Map of Earth. It shows the layout of a walk through Kharkiv, including Turboatom, Cemetery Number II, the Synagogue.

We filmed ‘Listen, If…’ in the middle of Kharkiv in a residential area. Tall flats faced onto a circular space where there residents told us there had once been a fountain. Now it was overgrown by willow trees and strewn in broken bottles. In the pouring rain, it became the focal point of the film – a space demarcated in a circle of white chalk.

The title of the film was in remembrance of some graffiti scrawled over a wall which had been painted over and was no longer visible – a quote from a poem by Mayakovsy which is beloved in Ukraine. You can hear the poem being read aloud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeSm9HulGpo

Moot

adjective

  • subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty.
  • having little or no practical relevance, typically because the subject is too uncertain to allow a decision.

verb

raise (a question or topic) for discussion; suggest (an idea or possibility).

noun

HISTORICAL an assembly held for debate, especially in Anglo-Saxon and medieval times.

LAW

a mock judicial proceeding set up to examine a hypothetical case as an academic exercise.

Still from Moot

Archaeology in Scotland

The film charts the creation of large-scale temporary land drawings at sites of archaeological significance throughout Scotland from a Pictish hilltop fort near Inverness to an ecclesiastical ruin near Dumfries in the Borders. It included these stunning examples of archaeological surveys.

Archeological Survey