I want to thank folks for coming along to my recent event Iona, October Tide (where we shared the first edit of our collaborative video). Most particularly thanks to Donald Ferguson and Charlotte Robertson for a beautiful poem recital (Heine’s Questions – see text below) and a sensitive and moving music performance (instrumental – Is there anybody out there by Pink Floyd). This was Donald’s response to the recent collaboration between myself and poet/musician Chris Jupp that was in response to the Isle of Iona. (Video of Donald and Charlotte’s performance below).
Sincere thanks to Chris Jupp who has been an inspiration to work with – it deepened my response as an artist during the recent residency on Iona – it was a challenging and rewarding artistic process in many ways – I’ll update on future exhibitions or showings of the video early next year, at the moment we want to tweak several aspects of the video.
I enjoyed all the conversations at the event too and thank Alicia Devine and Scott Terris also in particular for their responsive presence.
Questions (Heinrich Heine)
Stands a stripling youth;
His breast full of woe, his head full of doubts,
And with bitter lips he questions the waves:
“Oh solve me the ancient riddle,
The cruel, ancient riddle
Upon which many heads have pondered,
Heads in hieroglyphic covered hats,
Heads in black birettas and turbans,
Peri-wigged heads and a thousand other
Poor, perspiring heads —
Tell me, what signifies man?
Where cometh he? What is his destiny?
Who lives up there beyond golden stars?”
The wind blows, the clouds move;
The stars blink, indifferent and cold and cruel.
And a fool waits for his answer.