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Posted in fremantle, fremantle arts centre, piaf by freoview on February 16, 2015

Ragnar Kjartannson

There is a very interesting musical art exhibition by Ragnar Kjartannson at the Fremantle Arts Centre that is well worth seeing. It is probably not for impatient or cynical people as it is slow, a bit irreverent, surreal and quirky. The show is part of the Perth International Arts Festival and another part of the show is shown at the John Curtin Art Gallery at Curtin University.

The big gallery shows large screens with the massive snowy landscape of the Rocky Mountains and people playing instruments in different locations. But they are playing together and it is a fascinating experience.

Another gallery shows a video of three young women singing on a round bed. They are like Sirens or Mermaids. The wide angle camera just drives around them as they perform, also showing the interior of the Carnegy Museum of Pittsburg. Very intriguing!

And for me it was meditation time at the third gallery where a large screen shows a split image. My first impressions was that it was a mirror image until I realised they are two different videos of a location under a bridge. It is very very slow, and hence relaxing and one could sit in that dark gallery for hours.

This is a very different show and for an acquired taste only, but I highly recommend it!

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on February 16, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I totally agree with you John! I have complained about this in the past to be told by the City of Fremantle that these ugly banners are only on the building during the summer concert season. I don’t believe that is good enough!



  2. john Dowson said, on February 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    It is a pity to see the Fremantle Artcs Centre staff using the building as a giant billboard. A huge amount of time, expertise and money has gone into saving the buildings, restoring them, and working to get them World Heritage listed as part of the prison precinct (a ball dropped by the current council). In addition to the large sign shown, there are three others on the building below.

    Such signage is contrary to council’s own Conservation Plan for the place. It says there should not be any advertising on the heritage buildings. They may claim the signage is temporary, but of course there is always another show coming along which they want to advertise. Commercial heritage buildings in Fremantle have to follow rules and keep advertising appropriate to their properties. Not Fremantle Council.


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