The faulty fandangle. – showing at ACMI now.
When summer starts cooling off, autumn sweeps through and the chill of winter descends I have a tendency to hide. Even though I love winter and our climate is no hardship by any stretch of the imagination, I nest and keep my children indoors and cosy. So it’s always a thrill when the first burst of spring presents, the sun shines warmly and the chill goes out of the air. Summer is not too far away and everything feels expansive and possible.
I confess, our last school holidays were tragic. Indoors with the threat of swine flu – one child sick for week one, the other for week two and no activities to speak of. Nothing. appalling really…
So this holidays I’m making up for it. And at the invitation of another family of friends we ventured into the city to see wonders and marvels and enjoy the sunshine (and rain).
If you have not been to ACMI hop on a train now and go. It is wonderful! And free. I really can’t believe I didn’t know that before…
First on the agenda was the cabinet of Anthony Lucas which contained The Faulty Fandangle. Anthony is the creator of Oscar nominated The Mysterious explorations of Jasper Morello. What a treat!. Short film, beautifully done as always with a system of mechanised shadow puppets that flit by in front of the projected film adding to the experience in an intense way. These puppets are extraordinary. Fragile and strong, and amazingly crafted – it’s worth the trip to see this alone.
Another treat was a dark smoke-filled room – with long, projected and hollow shapes (an elongated C and a line). It was astonishing to see the long tube from the side and to be inside it as the shapes gradually changed and moved. The swirling smoke was mesmerizing. Photos don’t do it justice. We stayed in there a long time.
And this marvel. How I loved this, and if I could have one at home I’d do it!
Picture two screens – one behind one in front. The one in front has a small camera which captures the shadow of what is in front and translates it into monster form. Negative spaces, when a completed circle is formed had an eye dot included, teeth and hair and fangs appeared. Random monster and animal noises ran in response to movement. It was amazing!
There was honestly so much to see.
A walk across the bridge to Southgate, and a train ride home.
Adventure #1 completed. How I love Melbourne. 🙂