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Empty Spaces by Melanie Walker

Melanie's installation Empty Spaces was made up of bird mobiles and house shaped screens that were suspended in the space with two light sources to create a moving shadow of flying birds. An early 80's soundtrack (created by Walker using  "peeper" frog recordings and an old 78 hand cranked turntable scratch recordings played backwards) was also played in the background. Small fans were placed around the space in order to cause the bird mobiles to move.

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Empty Spaces, Airworks Studio (2009) by Melanie Walker

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Melanie Walker

"I am interested in constructing spaces that conjure up memory and non specific narratives. My interest in installation art derives from a desire to create an all encompassing environment that surrounds the viewer and allows them to experience stories drawing from their own personal narratives. Empty Spaces alludes to shadow plays, illusion, puppetry and memory."

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Empty Spaces, Airworks Studio (2009) by Melanie Walker

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Cloud Gate Theatre

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Lyubomir Bukov, Shadow Dance

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The Blue Notebooks

Download 01 The Blue Notebooks.mp3 [1.32MB]
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A Series of Unfortunate Events Film End Credits

A Series of Unfortunate Events Film End Credits

Despite the fact that the end credits of  Brad Silberling 2004 film A Series of Unfortunate Events does not involve any use of shadow play I think the use of illustration with its bold outlines and caricatures could act as strong inspiration for the use of puppetry. Also I think the overall eerie atmosphere of these end credits would compliment the somber tone of The Blue Notebooks.

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Scene from Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula

This Scene from Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula famously uses shadows in order to create tension and suggest Dracula's supernatural powers. Moreover Coppola uses Dracula's shadow to project his inward feelings that are barely visible through his cool exterior. I think this is an idea we could explore in our piece in the way that our performance could project a different emotion experienced in the music.

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Disney's Peter Pan- Shadow Scene

Kiss of Death (2003) by Tim Noble & Sue Webster

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Tim Noble & Sue Webster

I love the way Tim Noble & Sue Webster use Shadows in order to transform a collection of everyday objects in to stunning images. What is more, I'm particularly inspired by the way Noble and Webster use a still image to convey a story as it creates a greater impact to the audience.

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Real Life is Rubbish (2002) by Tim Noble & Sue Webster

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Attraction Shadow Theatre Group

Attraction Shadow Theatre Group

I'm particularly inspired by the way Attraction Shadow Theatre  Group use shadows to illustrates stories due to the way in which they create the entire performance out of the human form to create objects, scenery and props. Also their use of dance is vital in their performance in order to convey their story.

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