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
Asif Kapadia, winner of The Arts Foundation Fellowship in Film Directing way back in 2001 when he had just completed his first feature 'The Warrior', has received the biggest accolade for his work winning best documentary for 'Amy' at the Oscars this week. The film, which has won a series of awards around the world is the UK's highest grossing non-fiction film to date. Our congratulations to him pictured here with producer James Gay-Rees after their win for “Amy.”
A British theme runs through the programme of events with pieces by six composers representing the variety of music associated with these isles. On Saturday 19th March the orchestra, conducted by Philip Gibson, will present a concert of English music including works by William Boyce, Gustav Holst and John Ireland. Tickets £8 (£6.50 concs, children free) from 0208 882 0351. More information about the orchestra at www.winchmorestrings.co.uk. The orchestra has generously named the Arts Foundation as their charity recipient from proceeds of the concert. The concert will be at Winchmore Hill Methodist Church, Green Lanes N13 4EP.
The Spectator gives positive rating for painting fellow Andrew Cranston who has a solo show at the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh. On until the 26th March the full review can be read here: http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/part-bijou-kiefer-part-woozy-vuillard...
In 1998 Sarah Kane won the Arts Foundation Award for Playwriting. Starting in February this year the National Theatre are staging ‘Cleansed’ (performances until May 5). In may a new opera of '4.48 Psychosis' will be the first musical adaptation of one of her plays at the Lyric Hammersmith, London. 'Phaedra(s)' from Théâtre de L’Odéon, Paris, starring Isabelle Huppert and drawing on Phaedra’s Love, will have its British premiere at London's Barbican from June 9 to the 18th . Remembered by her nominator at the time, Vicky Featherstone, she says, “she was incredibly funny and loyal...she ran amazing workshops. She was so ambitious for the writers we worked with. Somebody would write something and she would look them in the eye and say, ‘You know that’s not good enough’.” Full preview at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/4dea1308-cf46-11e5-831d-09f7778e7377.html