Friday
06. April 2007

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

BLUE by Derek Jarman



a film as performance

Simon Fisher Turner – music
Rainier Lericolais – music
Black Sifichi – text (original English version)

From the bottom of your heart, pray to be released from image.
Derek Jarman


“This ‘film’ (if film it be), the last to be completed by the painter and diarist Derek Jarman before his death of AIDS, is, I'm pretty sure, the best movie I've ever seen (if it's even ‘seeable’)”, the journalist Gridley Minima wrote about Jarman’s opus ultima, Blue, produced in 1993, only a few months prior to his death.“
“One hour and seventeen minutes of luminous blue 35mm glow, unchanging, calming, irritating, numbing, and a soundtrack laboriously collaged out of snippets of sound and music and Jarman's meditations on his encroaching blindness and approaching death, and on the blindness of the world to its own slower but equally inevitable demise.”

Jarman had been integrating his homosexuality into his art work since the 1970s. When he was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986 he also began to include AIDS and the consequent repression of this illness within the British public. In 1991, within the framing of an AIDS charity event and the performance of Jarman’s film The Garden at the London Lumière Cinema Jarman first realized what he had been thinking about for so long: a project about Yves Klein and his monochrome pictures—yet not, as originally planned, as a film, but as a performance. Jarman and the actress Tilda Swinton were reciting texts of various authors dealing with the topic “blue”; part of one of Yves Klein’s blue pictures was projected onto a screen, and on the floor in front of the stage a group of musicians was sitting playing along some calm, almost hippie-like music. The film then was produced in 1993 when Jarman had started to lose his eyesight due to his illness.

“Jarman, the consummate image-crafter, whose films are quite literally ‘moving pictures’, coming to grips with the disappearance of all images from his field of vision, then the disappearance of his own self-image into the all-transcending blue of death.” (Gridley Minima)
The performance of Blue at the Minorite Church is taking up the original performance character: the silent film version is featuring a live version of the original film music by Simon Fisher Turner, who, together with Rainier Lericolais, is mixing the electronics. The actor Black Sifichi is reciting Jarman’s text from the film in its original English version.
“In the pandemonium of the image, I bring you the universal Blue.” (Derek Jarman)

Text book German-English: € 7,- on location

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