TEMPS D'IMAGES 2005
6 > 16 OCT
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
   
         
     
 
 
william kentridge
JOURNEY TO THE MOON, 7 FRAGMENTS FOR GEORGES MÉLIÈS E DAY FOR NIGHT
   
 
 
 

This first exhibition of William Kentridge in Portugal included the installations Journey to the Moon, 2003, and 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès including Day for Night, 2003, originally produced for (and first shown) at BAC-Baltic Art Center Visby, Sweden, and also the animated films Felix in Exile (1994) and History of the Main Complaint (1996), presented in documenta X, in 1997.

In 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès William Kentridge’s source of inspiration is the work of Georges Méliès, a son of a rich shoemaker, born in Paris in 1861. After fine art studies Georges Méliès buys the theatre of Robert Houdin and starts showing movies, before making and producing films himself.
About Journey to the Moon William Kentridge writes: “A bullet-shaped rocket crashes into the surface of the moon, a fat cigar plunged into a round face. When I watched the Méliès film for the first time at the start of this project, I realized that I knew this image form years before I had heard of Méliès. I was far advanced in the making of the fragments for Méliès. I had resisted any narrative pressure, making the premise of the series, what arrives when the artist wanders around his studio. What arrived was the need to do at least on film which surrendered to narrative push.”
Day for Night originates from an exercise of filming ants in the artist’s studio, while working on the films of Méliès: “At this stage I was working on Journey to the Moon, the penultimate and most complicated of the Méliès pieces, when it struck me that I could reverse the film and use the ants for some of the night sequences in the journey.»

 

Journey to the Moon, 2003
16mm film, 35mm film and mini-DV transferred to DVD, sound, 7'10''
Music: Philip Miller
Editor: Catherine Meyburg
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris

7 Fragments for Georges Méliès, 2003
16mm film, 35mm film and mini-DV transferred to DVD, sound, 16'10''
Editing: Catherine Meyburg
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris

Day for Night, 2003
16 mm film and mini-DV transferred to DVD, sound, 7 '
Editing: Catherine Meyburg
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris