Q. WHAT IS “TIME TO GO”?
A. A TRILOGY OF PERFORMANCE FILMS DIRECTED BY CHIARA AMBROSIO WITH MUSIC BY BIRD RADIO, in collaboration with Papa Gyro Nights Festival, visual artist Nicholas McArthur and choreographer Nuria García. A groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary collaboration that
will explore the fertile space where image, music and performance meet
to create and animate a visionary and inspiring performative universe.
The films will tell an epic tale of initiation and rebirth by fire, traversing both exterior and interior landscapes in search of unity and completion. The films will be shot in the summer of 2013 against the dramatic backdrop of Papa Westray, the most remote of the Orkney islands, with the help and support of Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival, an arts organisation set up on the island by international artists Ivanov + Chan.
Q. WHAT CAN I DO?
A. HELP US BRING TO LIFE OUR MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT YET!!!!!
To create "Time to Go" we need your help to raise £5000, that will provide us with a skeleton budget to pay for our talented team of collaborators, sets, costumes, equipment, transport and all other basic material expenses that are necessary to create a truly amazing film. Without your help, these films will never see the light of day, so please join the ride!
Q. WHY KICKSTARTER?
A. BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT WORK SHOULD BE UNCOMPROMISING, INDEPENDENT AND AMBITIOUS!
In order to produce this kind of work, there are real hardships to be overcome, for example sourcing the budget to ensure that the quality of the work produced is not affected by its independent nature. We believe that it is you, our peers, our friends and audience, who are our main interlocutors, it is for you that we make this work, and we are excited to be able to come to you directly to ask you to become an active and fundamental part of this project!
Q. WHAT WILL I GET IN RETURN?
A. FIRSTLY, YOU WILL BE CREDITED IN THE FILM AS A GENEROUS CONTRIBUTOR!
We have also prepared the most wonderful, exclusive rewards to show you just how grateful we are for your help!
You can see a list of all the exciting rewards on offer on the right hand side. Here are a few examples:
Q. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE INVOLVED?
Chiara Ambrosio is a filmmaker working with animation, experimental film, documentary and sound to explore the ways in which we perceive, remember and articulate personal histories and place through the filter of memory and the imagination. Her work stems from an interest in the moving image as a tool through which to experiment with the boundaries of time and space, re-enchanting our experiences and perceptions of reality, combining the poetics of the real with the erratic and subversive language of dream and the imagination. Her work has included collaborations with performance artists, composers, musicians and writers (including Michael Nyman, Helena Hunter, Dominic Johnson, Amanda Palmer, Bird Radio, Thomas Truax, Gareth Evans), and has been shown in a number of venues including national and international film festivals, galleries and site specific events (including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Kensington Palace, Royal Opera House).
Bird Radio is the multi-instrumentalist Mikey Kirkpatrick who performs and records original songs using vocals, guitars, flutes, loops, effects and a suitcase bass drum. Described on different occasions as "A mix of old testament preacher and Captain Beefheart...", “a flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation...” and “… future medieval, as if J.G. Ballard had written The Wicker Man”, Bird Radio draws from primordial folk, blues and ritualistic sound to create powerful songs that combine the ancient art of storytelling with rousing and hypnotic beats and rhythms. Bird Radio has performed at numerous venues, nationally and internationally, including St James Theatre, Union Chapel, Cecil Sharp House, Café Oto, Purcell Room, The ‘Pataphysical Museum, Secret Garden Party, SOFAR living room concerts, The Harrison, The Horse Hospital and venues across the USA, Greece, Germany and Italy. He has composed music for experimental films and performance, been a featured artist on BBC radio and WFMU in New York, received the "Knap O Howar" arts award in 2012 and will release his first studio album “The Boy and the Audience” in October on SFE/Cherry Red Records.
Nicholas McArthur is a groundbreaking, multi-media visual artist who creates immersive narrative environments and performances. He curates every aspect of his work from conception to realization, and his work ranges form drawing and painting, to costume making, to sound and writing. He is particularly involved with dystopic visions of the present and future, and his work is a continuous attempt to reconstitute systems of beliefs amidst the entropic drive of the present. His work has been shown widely at galleries and festivals across the UK and Europe.
Nuria García is Head Teacher and Artistic Director of La Escuela de Baile, the United Kingdom’s largest flamenco school. Nuria has worked as head choreographer for advertisements (including Sony and Nissan) and music videos (including Siouxsie and the Banshees, Miguel Gallardo, Robert Palmer and the Gipsy Kings). She has also choreographed for theatre and opera productions, including Harvey Goldsmith’s Carmen and Opera 80 (now the English Touring Opera). For 5 years she worked as choreographer and performer in the avant-garde flamenco and contemporary performance group Von Magnet.
Papay Gyro Nights Festival is an international, contemporary multi-media art festival taking place in the unique setting of the remote island Papa Westray in Orkney. The idea of the festival originates from the ancient Papay tradition of The Night of The Gyros, which was celebrated on the island on the first full moon night of February until the beginning of the 20th century. The festival is a reflection on this folktale, the island's landscape and heritage, as well as an interpretation of tradition and ritual through new developments in art, music and architecture. The festival acts as a Research lab, learning hub and a place for discussion about the interaction between new media and ideas in relation to tradition, ritual and site-specific heritage.
Q. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE FILMS?
A. HERE YOU GO:
"TIME TO GO" - DETAILED SYNOPSIS
Part 1 - DEVIL AT THE DOOR
The first film in the trilogy is an introduction to Bird Radio and the dramatic location in which the action will take place, a barren, windswept island. It will constitute an elegiac and somewhat surreal exploration of duality: the relationship between that which is known and that which is unknown, the conscious and the unconscious, the real and the imagined, the light and the dark, dream and wake. We first meet Bird Radio as he journeys, seemingly lost, across a vast expanse of land looking for his dark side (that which taunts and daunts him, his black fear that hides and rattles inside a ramshackle barn, tantalizing him) in search for a reconciliation. As he encounters both the barn and that which hides within it, he finally faces what most scares him: his own self, transformed and inverted, an unknown quantity that could at once destroy or liberate him. The film culminates with a bonfire, a ritualistic offering in which the barn, and the division it represents, is burnt to ashes and supplanted by a new whole, a unified character in which both sides are now bound, ready to take his first dip into a new level of consciousness. Fire anoints and delivers Bird Radio to the next part of his journey.
Part 2 - BLACK CAR
The second part of the story finds Bird Radio, now whole, falling into a
trance-like state as he journeys through the murky depths of his creative
soul, populated by visions and apparitions, trying to find a balance, battling for his own strength to stand. Drawing from notions of shamanistic possession, ritualistic dance and the encounter between the world of man and the archetypal world of spirits from which everything is born, this film will rely on strong flamenco choreography and performance to convey a tribal, menacing and primitive maelstrom of visions through which Bird Radio voyages, propelled by the relentless pace of his song, encountering gods and demons, violent emotions that shake him until all his layers are shed and he is left as a raw instance of being in the throes of pure creation. The film ends in a final collapse/ release, a tug that spits Bird Radio back out into the world of man after a crucial transformation has occurred: he is now the messenger, the medium.
Part 3 - TIME TO GO
The final film in the trilogy begins in the aftermath of the ritual. Bird Radio
is now initiated, purified, at peace with his many selves, ready to step out into the world with the vision he carries as a sacred flame in his soul. The film is one long, slow and extended gesture of preparation; relying heavily on light and projection to suggest a vertiginous passing of time on the outside, the action takes place inside a non-descript domestic space where Bird Radio follows a slow, humble quotidian ritual, in stark contrast to the chaotic pace of the previous film, packing his belongings inside his trademark red suitcase and preparing to leave this place- at once a symbolic home, a womb, a beginning. His movement is the solemn, assured and minimal gesturing of a poet, who understands the secret and quiet rumbling of the everyday world and knows intimately his relationship to it. Time is elastic, one microscopic instant is suspended and expanded to contain the whole duration of the song, suggesting that as days and years go by in the outside world, inside of this room Bird Radio is suspended out of time, waiting to enter back into it. His movements and the general visual language of the film emphasise this suspension and build up the tension leading to the final moment and climax- the birth of Bird Radio- who exits the room with his suitcase, hat and coat, and sets off on the road that extends on the other side of the threshold.
Chiara Ambrosio - www.acuriousroom.com
Bird Radio - www.birdradio.co.uk
Nicholas McArthur - www.nicholasmcarthur.com
Nuria Garcia - www.la-escuela-de-baile.co.uk/school.htm
Papa Gyro Nights Festival - www.papaygyronights.papawestray.org
Risks and challenges
There will be a great deal of work for us to ensure that these films are as fantastic and mindblowing as we want them to be. We will be working with a team of professional artists with all the challenges this entails- from busy schedules to different paces of work to allowing time to reconcile intense and personal individual creative visions. We will be shooting on location on a windswept island in the North of Scotland, and we will therefore be relying on the weather being kind to us in order to travel there safely and proceed with the filming- which is obviously out of our hands!! But we have prepared contingency plans (such as extended filming schedules and alternative, indoor locations) to deal with all kinds of setbacks, and should this cause any minor delay in the completion of the films, we trust that you will not be disappointed (in any case we are committed to delivering the completed films by the date of Bird Radio's album launch in early October).
We will endeavour to get the rewards in the post to you as soon as we possibly can, but due to the exclusive, handmade and personalised nature of most of the rewards, please be patient with us if there are any small delays in receiving them. We will ensure that all rewards are extra special so we really don't want to rush them!!
- (30 days)