Media coverage of #blinkofaneyeproject on ABC Radio Adelaide, Thursday morning 8th October 2020.
Antonio and Kate Villano
Karen De Nardi
Madeline Amber Shields
In a FIRST for The Adelaide Convention Centre, its East Building will provide a giant canvas for 'The Arts' to come together for the entire month of October 2020 with the launch of Blink of an Eye
Blink of an Eye is, in itself an artwork using the medium of film to capture the faces, the raw emotions of a series of Artists, those who make their living from, and in many ways, live to be on stage.
The film, backed by an emotive musical soundtrack composed exclusively for the project by renown South Australian musician Julian Ferraretto, will be projected onto the Adelaide Convention Centre’s East Building—South Australia’s home of events—nightly from 1 – 31 October.
During daylight hours, the film will be displayed on a large screen located at the front of the Centre on North Terrace.
The film concept was created by South Australian artist, musician and respected orator, Gill Hicks, herself a part of the Arts industry, who was inspired to highlight how extraordinary this creative community is and how important The Arts are within our lives.
Blink of an Eye captures the emotion of those artists, entertainers and speakers who have lost their stage, their audience and their livelihood due to the impact of protective social restrictions enforced locally, nationally and internationally to stem the spread of COVID-19”, says Hicks. “During these uncertain and challenging times, we need music, art and the theatre more than ever, and to be inspired and motivated. The message of this short film is intended to reference the very real sentiment that life, as we know it, can all change in just the blink of an eye. Importantly, the film also offers optimism for the future – the show will go on!”
Hicks collaborated with storyteller and film maker, Mike Worsman of Give Media to create Blink of an Eye, who masterfully edited the film from stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne.
Worsman shares, “Spending much of the past decade travelling and capturing and sharing stories about the happiest people, places and ideas on Earth, I know that both our happiness and suffering as human beings is connected. When one hurts, we all hurt. And this pandemic and project is a reminder of that.
“What Blink of an Eye has reminded me is that when we acknowledge we are not alone, our suffering is shared and it lessens the pain. As someone who has experienced a major disruption to my life as a result of COVID, I simply say I know I am not the only one. To all those impacted, I see you and I am with you, just as I know you are with me. Of course we will get through this, but what if we could emerge from it as a tighter, happier society? That is my dream.”
The importance of human connection and face-to-face interaction is a theme intricately woven throughout the film, including
“Together, performer and audience dance a neural duet that leads us into shared exploration of what matters, what we feel, what binds us and makes us human. Together we can brook the sad, celebrate the happy and create belonging.
As a neuroscientist, I have an inkling of what doesn't transfer over screens when we interact, yet appreciate the vital role of technology in enabling us to stay in touch. But for me as a speaker, the difference is palpable, I so miss my live audience. As I stare into the camera, I have no idea whether I am taking them with me on the journey. With sparse feedback to gauge direction, pace, joy and engagement, I feel the chemical withdrawal of that synchronous, magical dance that is live performance. It is a unique gift that harmonises, bonds and restores us, together.”
When approached by Hicks looking for a unique public stage to debut the film, the Adelaide Convention Centre was quick lend a helping hand. Simon Burgess, General Manager of the venue says that the Centre, which traditionally provides a stage to more than 800 events per year, is pleased to be able to support the community project and applauds its efforts to raise awareness for speakers, who are an integral part of putting on business events.
“More than just a building, we pride ourselves on our creativity, community engagement and active role in bringing people together,” comments Burgess. “Blink of an Eye has provided us with a great opportunity to illustrate our commitment to these activities and to engage with both the local arts and business events communities, while also helping highlight local thought leaders and artistic talent.”
“Creativity is such a critical element when it comes to delivering memorable events, and this year has certainly pushed us to be even more creative in both our thinking and approach. We’re fortunate here in South Australia that we’re now in a position to safely host live events, and look forward to welcoming more speakers—and audiences—to our own stage as we continue on the road to recovery.”
Hicks describes Blink of an Eye as very much a project of love and says she is deeply humbled and encouraged by the generous support of those who have helped bring her film’s creative vision to life.
“We extend our thanks to all who have so generously contributed to this project. It wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution from the artists, Mike Worsman, Julian Ferraretto, the Adelaide Convention Centre, Novatech, Nextstage and Frankie Films,” . “I encourage you to visit the Convention Centre this month (October) to be still, to share the rawness of the emotion, and to be inspired. "
creativity never stops!