Michael Nyman: Man With a Movie Camera at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival
Installation of remakes by filmmaker and composer
This article is from 2013.
Michael Nyman is best known for his work as a contemporary composer who has soundtracked myriad films, including several directed by the painterly Peter Greenaway, as well as scoring mainstream success for his work on Jane Campion's The Piano. Such visual motifs date right back to Nyman's work on early Greenaway oddities such as A Walk Through H.
All this is compounded in the series of ten remakes of Dziga Vertov's pioneering 1929 film, Man With A Movie Camera, to make up the installation that forms Nyman's first ever exhibition in Scotland. Nyman's original score for Vertov's experimental exploration of cinematic techniques by way of studies of Soviet urban life was first performed by his band in 2002, with a BFI DVD of the film – also featuring Nyman's soundtrack – released shortly afterwards. Vertov's original film will be shown alongside Nyman's remakes in such a way that will allow viewers to walk through the gallery space and watch all films or one. While Nyman mixes and matches his own footage, the aim of the collected works is to capture the essence of Vertov's spirit, but to make something that plays very much for today.
Summerhall, 560 1590, until Aug 31, free.