Friday, April 25, 2014
Introduction by filmmaker/artist Carolee Schneemann!
The final film by Derek Jarman, who died 20 years ago, comprises just one shot: a single frame of blue, close in pigment to Yves Klein’s patented International Klein Blue. The static image mirrors the deterioration of Jarman’s sight as a side effect of his HIV medication. Alongside the unchanging image unfolds a dense aural tapestry: Jarman and a group of actors read texts that reflect on the various meanings bound up in blue (as a color, an emotional state, a symbol of infinity) and the experience of living and dying with a terminal illness.