The Mirror (1975) – Impenetrable, sure, but beautiful

I’m trying to get back into seeing the free films at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Gallery has a large, beautiful theater where they screen films related to current exhibitions. Now they are screening a series called Cosmic Futures: Visionary Russian Cinema  in relation to the show Masters of Modern Art from The Hermitage. This is how my 4th film of 2019 came to be The Mirror a film made by Andrei Tarkovsky in the Soviet Union in 1975. Mirror Zerkalo Tarkovsky trailer from Budapest Film Zrt. on Vimeo. If you prefer films which tell a narrative story, this is not a …

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Finding Inspiration at the Art Gallery of NSW

I spent part of New Years Day at the Art Gallery of NSW having a wander through the exhibits. The text accompanying Tony Albert’s Hey Ya! (Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture) read, in part Ritsi (the young man in the photographs) and Albert share an experience of re-connection to country and community by following the movements of their ancestors.   Part of what I’ll be doing on my Big Ride is, in a way, just this: I’ll be re-connecting with the places my antecedents lived for thousands of years by following their movements across Europe. I will visit reminders and …

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