Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Stations of the Cross

Over the easter weekend cessioncommunity put together an interactive art and media installation exploring the 'Stations of the Cross'. We are hoping to get an online gallery up which will take you through all the stations that we put together but in the mean time here are some pics of the three works I was directly involved with.
'a new commandment'
‘Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him...after he had washed their feet...he said to them: “Do you know what I have done to you?...I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.’

John 13:5; 12-15 (selected)

Artist: Melissa Powell + the cessioncommunity
Media: Black and White Photography

The title for this work is taken from John 13:34, ‘A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ This scripture sums up the teaching which Jesus used to explain the meaning of the foot washing to his disciples.
The story is now so familiar that it is easy to forget the revolutionary significance of Jesus act. But as M. Scott Peck relates in his book ‘A Different Drum’: “Until that moment the whole point of things had been for someone to get on top, and once he had gotten on top to stay on top or else attempt to get farther up. But here this man already on top – who was rabbi, teacher, master – suddenly got down on the bottom and began to wash the feet of his followers. In that one act Jesus symbolically overturned the whole social order.”


‘Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. The put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”. They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.’

Matthew 27:27-31

Artist: Brett Jones + Melissa Powell
Media: Mixed Media Sculpture

There is more to this sculpture than what you see here - but this is the bit I was involved in, the dressing of the mannequin. Brett will be posting some photos shortly of the work in it's entirety.

(let us receive what we are. let us become what we receive. The Body of Christ.)
‘...He is not here; for he has been raised from the dead...’

Matthew 28:7b

Artist: Melissa Powell
Media: Photo Triptych and Acrylic on Canvas

There is something beautiful to me about the act of sharing in communion. Through this simple meal we remember not just the suffering and death of Christ, but the new shape that our lives take on when we allow our lives to be moulded by Christ’s example.

I will post a link as soon as we get a full gallery posted.


Monday, April 09, 2007

Interview with Sandor Lau

Jacob's most recent work for Lumiere reader has just been posted. It is an interview with Sandor Lau - NZ's only Chinese/Hungarian/American Filmaker. It's long but it is well worth reading - Sandor has a really interesting take on film and documentary making. Here's a wee teaser for you:

'...there are a million truths out there, and in my films I like to try to tell the ones that have been censored out. So for me film is entertainment and art and technology and recreation and suffering and enlightenment.' [Read More]