At Easington Beach preparing to film the 'rotating oar' sequence. Photo:Priscila Buschinelli
'VK02 GKF' was a Mk 2 Renault Clio filled with sand from Easington Beach. The Screen that the film is projected onto is actually the back of a framed reproduction of Théodore Géricault's painting 'The Raft of the Medusa'. In the film, the painting is also used as a sail for a miniature raft
'The Raft of the Medusa' by Théodore Géricault
The string holding the picture/screen upright is tied to a few dritwood sticks stuck in the sand...and a half buried plastic shark. photo: Annette Sooda
Inside the car. 'Raft of the Medusa' is propped up in the sand. In the foreground is one of the conch shell speakers.
Side window view of the screen
The music is 'Carl Orff's' 'O Fortuna' from 'Camina Burana' which is set on a poem about bad luck.-" 'Fortuna' or 'fate'. is that unfair affect that rules both gods and men in Roman and Greek mythology." - 'O Fortuna entered popular culture in the 1970's when it was used in an advert for 'All Spice' aftershave.
The real cars and the pretend cars. Photo: Priscila Buschinelli
The movement sensors for the media players are triggered by somebody walking up to the back of the car and looking through the back window.
Instalation shot. photo Priscila Buschinelli
There was another still image of 'Triton' on the screen before the film started to play. It was a detail taken from a painting by the artist' John Singleton-Copley' called 'The-return-of-Neptune'.
'Triton' detail from 'John Singleton-Copleys' painting called 'The-return-of-Neptune'.
The location for this film was chosen because it was a rare place in the area that had a slope down to the beach where the car could be positioned in line with the raft in the sea. The slope was in fact a manmade beach access bulldozed out by a local crab fishing company so they could pull their boats down to the water. My biggest concern was that we did not have permission to film here and positioning the car would entail blocking the entrance to the boat yard. On the day we arrived to film 'fate' had intervened. A rival feuding fishing company had allegedly burnt it to the ground the day before. One poor soul's livelihood and lifes work had been utterly destroyed...this gave us uninterrupted access to the track all afternoon.
On the left is 'EK52UDP' on the right are the remnants of the burnt out boat yard. The slope down to the sea in the middle. Photo: Priscila Buschinelli
Two members of the public watching the- plastic animal 'Raft of the Medusa'
Again there is a long lead into this film as the raft is dragged through the water. Stick with it to the end where the Renault Clio makes its cameo appearance as the source of power for the raft.