Where We Dream: The Film

My friend Eugène van Erven been documenting community arts for many years, both in his native Netherlands and in other parts of the world. Having provided valuable feedback on the draft text of ‘Where we Dream‘, he’s now written this short piece about Benjamin Wigley’s film, that is an integral part of the work.

Scroll to the end of the post to watch the film: it’s about 15 minutes long.

I have long believed in the combined power of moving images and written words when it comes to documenting cultural phenomena, particularly when they happen in out of the way places. The beautifully produced book and film package ‘Where We Dream’ proves my point.

The film gives a visible face and an audible voice to the many people who inhabit the text and hence makes the story of the West Bromwich Operatic Society even more powerful. It is so much more than an illustrative bonus track.

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Mapping the journeys

This is my favourite. This is the last one I did and it just works so well. You gave me a book of a Russian artist. Well, this box is from that book. I always loved that box. On this side, this map was sent to me by a guy I worked with, but it actually becomes a sail. It’s sailing, it’s floating. I kept my passport – ‘immigration’, blahblahblah, whatever – so I just put in the ‘migration’. And this is map of Bermuda, well, round Bermuda. There’s the Queen, that I worked on, of course; I went for the old-fashioned three funnel ‘cause the Queen was one funnel but I loved the old style with three funnels. And this is an old map of a city – I think it’s a fictional city with unusual names. I just loved the idea of it floating on this sail. I put this fish in here and this map becomes Africa: look at that – I didn’t see that before.

Bill Ming, 27 May 2012