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Craig: In His Own Words in Space and Light

Collins, Jane (2010) Craig: In His Own Words in Space and Light. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Collins, Jane

Craig: In His Own Words is an original audio recording, commissioned for the exhibition ‘Space and Light: Edward Gordon Craig’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum and subsequently the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague.

Craig was a controversial figure at the forefront of modernist stage design. All the words heard on the recording are Craig’s own, researched, edited and directed by Collins. The audio conveys factual information about key moments in Craig’s early working life and the emotional complexity of his personal relationships, presenting these as entangled with his dramatic vision. Collins researched all the extant material on Craig, his writings, the published biographies as well as conducting research in the theatre collection at Blythe House. Access to a series of BBC recordings in the British Library, which Craig made during the 1960s, revealed the arresting quality of his speaking voice and this became a key factor in shaping the final outcome. The audio work blends Craig’s recorded voice with his writing for the first time and is synthesised from a wide variety of sources, read by the actor Anton Lesser. In the latter stages of the process, Collins worked with sound engineer Peter Key to produce an original sound score. This sound score, illustrative of Craig’s early operatic productions, was accompanied by a specially commissioned piano recording that played with single notes drawn from Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, a work proposed in the audio as one of the key drivers of his vision. The audio, although narrative based, is designed to be listened to from any point in the recording.

Concurrent with the exhibition, Collins convened the conference ‘Edward Gordon Craig: His Legacy’, in the V&A Sackler Centre in September 2010 with invited international speakers who examined Craig’s influence on contemporary design, design education, graphics and architecture.

Other Contributors:
Other (Reader)Lesser, Anton
Other (Sound Editor)Key, Peter
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Edward Gordon Craig, space and light design, scenography, audio soundscape, audio script,
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 11 September 2010
Related Websites: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/863/space-and-light-edward-gordon-craig-1728/, http://www.gjf.cz/archiv/edward-gordon-craig-svetlo-a-prostor/
Related Websites:
Related Exhibitions: Edward Gordan Craig: His Legacy: A Day of Lectures, V&A (25 September 2010)
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL11 September 201013 March 2011
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague Quadrennial, Czech Republic27 May 201125 June 2011
Material/Media: Audio recordings
Measurements or Duration of item: 20 minutes
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 13:42
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 14:20
Item ID: 4326
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/4326

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