Simon Fujiwara The Huminizer
A new work by fellow Simon Fujiwara opened to the public on the 20th May at IMMA on the occasion of the centenary of the Easter Rising. The Humanizer is Fujiwara’s proposition for an imagined Hollywood biopic composed almost uniquely of sound and based on the life of historical Irish nationalist figure Roger Casement (1864-1916). Through fragments of sound, a minimum of objects, documents, and an environment of red curtains and carpet reminiscent of a cinema, The Humanizer seeks to evoke the experience of a big budget Hollywood movie with the most modest means. Without the seductive moving pictures associated with movies to communicate exactly what we are seeing, the audience is no longer a passive recipient but an active agent in visualising the movie. The Humanizer asks if today’s audience, with its unprecedented reserves of visual information can picture an entire movie, its locations, cast and even its message without ever having to see it?
Created with contemporary Hollywood movie professionals including renowned screenplay writer Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, 2015; Assassin’s Creed, 2016) and Oscar winning designer Annie Atkins (The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014; Bridge of Spies, 2015). The Humanizer is one of three major new works commissioned by IMMA that reflect on the legacy of the commemoration of the Irish State.The Humanizer runs until the 28th August. For more information go to http://www.imma.ie/en/page_237081.htm