Myles McLeod Week 3: Orthus asks “Why do I exist?”
25 November 09
Orthus One: Do we exist?
Orthus Two: I think so. I feel like we exist!
Orthus One: Or are we just made to think we feel we exist?
Orthus Two: What?
Orthus One: Do we just wish we feel we exist but don’t really?
Orthus Two: You know what I wish?
Orthus One: No.
Orthus Two: I wish we’d shut up.
Orthus and the Art Spark films exist because of a team of folks. First of all there’s the artists themselves.
The five Art Sparks films each feature a different work of art - there’s Cornelia Parker’s installation of fragmented and crushed metal, Sophie Calle’s photographs from her snooping in hotel rooms, Anish Kapoor’s sensory walk-in sculpture, Umberto Boccioni’s futurist bronze sculpture and finally a disturbing and wonderful triptych by Francis Bacon.
The production team that helped us bring Art Sparks to life include Tom Evans, a fantastic animator, who’s worked with us on a number of productions. There’s Charles Hustwick who came up with some really imaginative art projects for the Art Spark children. Alvaro Ramirez did a sterling job as camera man. And last but not least Paul Johnston, our regular sound engineer and collaborator, who lives amongst the chickens of Bidford on Avon.
Of course there’s Sharna Jackson and Jane Burton from Tate Kids who commissioned and produced the project. And the team at GRDD who filled the Tate Kids website with so much great interactive stuff ... I’ve still not met them yet!
Finally, there’s the five Art Spark children themselves who really entered into the spirit of the show: Rebecca De Netto, Eloise Martin, Clare, Madeleine and Dominic Walmsley.