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!
I had numerous requests to post the photos of the Fremantle farewell of the PIAF Giant Puppets as a slideshow so here they are.
The Giant Puppets are on their way back to France after an amazing success at the Perth International Arts Festival-PIAF that attracted hundreds of thousands of people and challenged the public transport in Perth.
Today thousands came to the Swan River foreshore to say goodbye to the huge marionettes. The sound of didgeridoos announced the progress of the barge along the river.
The Girl and the Diver were also accompanied by a large flotilla of boats to the East Street jetty in Fremantle, where the puppets were put on the back of trucks to be driven to the port.
In a great coup for our city the GIANT PUPPETS are coming to Fremantle on Sunday! They are coming for the Perth International Arts Festival-PIAF but in a change of plans are now boarding a barge at 11 am in Perth and will arrive at the East Street Jetty at 5 pm.
I have not heard if the 6-metre-high Girl and the 11-metre-high Sea Diver will be leaving the barge but it will be a great spectacle anyway to see them on the Swan river. The puppets are the brainchild of the French group Royale de Luxe and have pulled massive crowds where ever they perform.
STOP PRESS!!!! It appears that somebody jumped the gun and informed ABC Radio yesterday about the river trip of the giant puppets, but it is in fact not part of the performance and appears to be based on the fact that the puppets will depart from Fremantle Port. I took my information and details from the ABC Drive program with John McGlue so not sure who at PIAF got the idea of making it public.
THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC EVENT AT THE EAST STREET JETTY IN FREMANTLE!!