—>Tasman Richard’s installation at the MOCCA (952 Queen Street West) about ten days and I can’t stop thinking about it. I strongly recommend going to see it, and I recommend experiencing alone. (It closes on April 1.)
(The following text from the Globe and Mail’s RM Vaughm review of Tasman Richard’s Necropolis, an installation at the MOCCA. I didn’t agree with the whole review but I like the way he talks about the central piece of the installation called Memorial.)
“My favourite works in the maze are the beautiful Memorial, an assortment of close-ups of Joan of Arc – as played by Maria Falconetti, Ingrid Bergman, Jean Seberg and Milla Jovovich – projected through a cut-out replica of one of Notre Dame de Paris’s famous rose windows.
In each ring of the window, each layer of petals, if you will, Joan smiles, gnashes her teeth, looks to Heaven, and puts on her battle face [moving on short video loops]. But in the clover-shaped centre cut-out – normally the space reserved for the most holy entity in any actual rose window – a menacing film of roaring flames chugs along, they being the flames that will eventually consume each Joan.
If every generation gets the movie Joan it deserves, it is also true that, no matter the directorial take, Joan’s story always ends at the stake. This is an interestingly resigned message of consistency, a nod to eternal truths, from Richardson, an artist who otherwise specializes in generating intentionally unstable meanings.”
***I’d also like to respectively suggest that the centre of the rose window, the filtering flash of film, also represents the glorious spirit within Joan. Each ring of the window contains a Joan played by a certain actress, and the closer to the fire she is the more compelling is her life/ movie. I don’t believe Joan wasn killed by the flames of her faith. She was killed by an assembly of men who punished her for the depth of her religiosity. –Nina