Song for the Stage, the Captives, and the Line of Production

Henriette Kassay-Schuster & Hermione Merry

Image by Rachel Edward

“Whoever has approved this idea of order… will not find it preposterous that the past should be altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past.” TS Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent

Song for the stage, the captives and the line of production is a three-channel video shot in three iconic Moreland locations – Coburg Drive-in, Pentridge Prison Village and the former Kodak Factory site – in which a lone figure stands on a small stage with a scenic backdrop singing unaccompanied. An exploration of past and present, today and tomorrow, old and new, abstract and tangible, Song… is a lyric-dramatic encounter with the ailing cultural landscapes of industrial modernity. The project is inspired by nostalgia, theatricality, and local archaeology whilst mourning the imminent burial of Melbourne’s history beneath the swell of urban development.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This work was shortlisted for the Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2016 and FACT/Channels Video Art Award 2015 and exhibited at Counihan Gallery in March 2015.