on proost this month we have three new movies from nic walters. nic first came to our attention through taking part in visions via luminosa series of video projections around the city of york last year. the video nic contributed is based on the words take this cup and has a cup spinning with the words projected on to the cup amongst other things. it really is a neat movie. the other two handtools and spiked creator are also both on an easter theme. we tried to get organised for easter but never quite managed to this year but one way of looking at it is that they are on proost in plenty of time for next easter. if you subscribe of course you can access these movies in the download area. and you can preview them in the media player. this is how nic describes the movies...
Agony in the Garden (take this cup)
"Father if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done" Luke 22:42
I was asked to make a video with the title "Agony in the Garden" for an Easter video art trail in York. (via luminosa 2009). Jesus is in a garden, struggling with the knowledge of his imminent death, looking for a way out, but eventually deciding to continue with his Father's plan. I used the phrase "Take this Cup from me" for the first section of the video, building a sense of foreboding & disorientation with the spinning cup & its spilt contents. After the cup is smashed the phrase changes to "may your will be done", the decision has been taken to continue on the path towards the cross. I used teacups in the video because they seemed to symbolise a particularly English gentrification of Christianity. This is very prevalent in York, with its beautiful minster & quaint old churches, surrounded by endless charming tea-shops. Tea cups are delicate, fragile, beautiful objects & their destruction with a hammer is shocking. I specifically chose teacups decorated with flowers to reference the garden. (Teacups are also translucent which means they glow when lit from behind & are suitable for back projection, perfect for video.)
this Easter video is a series of black & white, high contrast images of hands & nails. There are also images of other handtools. This is to suggest the humanity of Jesus, those hands that were pierced, were the same hands that used tools to earn a living.
A powerful Easter poem by Mike Barnett, given a stark, white on black, text only treatment, with a pulsing soundtrack synchronised to the text.