A giant exhibition by film director and AV artist Peter Greenaway inspired the trip which has landed me in Berlin for the time being. The events I produce sit somewhere between performing arts and visual arts, and the production design in Peter’s highly visual films is a huge source of inspiration for me.
Greenaway has a background in classical painting and is best known for the visual masterpiece "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" which featured costume design by Jean Paul Gaultier. His films are not for everyone, and the plots are sometimes described as trite, but the narratives aren’t the reason I watch them, I’m just captivated by the composition and colour colour palettes in every shot. As Warhol said “I just look at the pictures”
“I just look at the pictures”
Obedience is a made up of fifteen rooms of installations and explores the one of the bibles most puzzling passages, story of forefather Abraham, who is willing to obey God's command and sacrifice his son. Having now seen the show I can gladly say that the journey would of been worth it to go for the exhibition alone. The multimedia exhibition combines film and art, alongside innovative techniques for communicating a narrative. It really is quite unlike any thing I have experience before, surprising the viewer at ever turn with increasingly impressive and innovative compositions, all set to a beautiful piano score. It very much reminded me of an immersive theatre experience, but in visual art from.
Through out much of the exhibition I enjoyed the clever and stylish interpretation of the passage, however I wasn’t particularly engaging in the subject itself, much like Peters films. But as an unexpected final twist the last installation was hugely emotive and relevant to the current world climate (and thats as much as I can say with out too much of a spoiler)
Obedience by Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke is on at the Jewish Museum in Berlin until 15th November 2015