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Gorchakov's Wish
Gorchakov’s Wish is a split-screen video piece culminating our engagement with the final three scenes of Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia. The video is comprised of three parts, each coupling footage recorded on location in Italy with footage shot in-studio at the Centre for Creative Collaboration. The Italian footage reflects our enactment of each of the ‘original’ sites of Nostalghia’s final three scenes and includes: •‘Parrhesia’, performed on-site in the Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill in Rome. •‘Alba Lunedì’, performed on-site at the Santa Catarina pool in Bagno Vinoni •‘Elegy’, performance recorded on-site in the ruined church at San Galgano The footage shot in-studio is taken from ‘Immolation Triptych’, a performance for video in which we a) translated each of three final scenes of Nostalghia using word, image, object and action scenes and b) transformed each scene through the design and construction of the three shots. The effect of the video piece is threefold: first, its expands Tarkovsky’s filmic syntax through the use of spit screens, thereby rendering more complex the rhythmic composition of the film image; second, by conflating different times and places in the film image, the video constructs a multi-layered spatial experience of reflective nostalgia for the viewer; third, it fragments the symbolism of Tarkovsky’s original film images, detourning its message into an allegory for our contemporary context. Each part of the video piece has an equivalent piece of writing, also in three parts. Each part has a unique poetics and semiotics, as well as a different subject position and ‘voice’, intended to reflect not only our engagement with the final three scenes of Tarkovsky’s film image, but also the writer’s experience of the original filmic locations in the particular place and time of composition. As with the video piece, the written work can be understood as a composite that investigates Tarkovsky’s film image, translating and transforming its various elements through the poetics of the work, ultimately ‘speaking’ a message specific to the writer’s own context and experience. Stills from the video as well as the poem appear in Gorchakov's Wish by Kreider + O’Leary (Unnameable Press, 2012).
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