Dalziel + Scullion - The Earth Turned to Bring Us Closer
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Sat 7 Oct-Sun 25 Feb 2007
The first major exhibition in the refurbished Kelvingrove will be an artistic collaboration of international standing: visuals from Dalziel + Scullion and music by Craig Armstrong. For ‘The Earth Turned to Bring Us Closer’, Dalziel + Scullion have filmed portraits of 304 Glaswegians going about their daily lives. This will be projected onto three screens, slowly revolving to evoke the Earth spinning on its axis. The vastness of our world is intended to provide a contrast with the brevity of human life, emphasised by the emotional intensity of Armstrong’s music, entitled ‘Memory Takes My Hand’, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. There will be a one-off live performance of the music on 6 October (sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland and by invitation only), entitled ‘Once’.
Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion are internationally renowned for their visual digital work as well as pieces more familiar to Scots, like the ‘Horn’ on the M8. The three have collaborated in the past, including ‘One Minute’ for Perth Concert Hall’s opening gala last year (also with the RSNO), where they interwove film, recorded ambient noise and live performance. BAFTA award-winning Armstrong is famous for his work on film scores as diverse as ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘World Trade Center’. However, his inspiration for this exhibition is more Gorbals than Ground Zero. Remembering visits to the museum and gallery during his youth, Armstrong said, ‘It feels so good to be involved in making something for the Kelvingrove, as for all Glaswegians it represents something very special’. This assertion is amply backed up by the million visitors to have crossed its threshold since 11 July.