Kino Haiku

Triangle Space, London, UK- February 2009

The first half of the film will probably be set in Bagno Vignoni. But not in the real place – in an invented one …I shall have to recreate the atmosphere of the place in detail.
Andrei Tarkovsky

Responding specifically to the penultimate scene from Andrei Tarkovsky's film Nostalghia (1983), ‘Kino Haiku’ is an installation work comprising multiple objects and elements: a moving image projection documenting our performative re-enactment of the scene at the Santa Catarina pool in Bagno Vignoni; a bespoke plexiglass box supported on a timber structure and containing six steamers; a laser light beam projected through the rising steam and terminating in a sculptural object made from aluminium and coal; a text piece consisting of two inter-linking haiku installed across floor and wall. Taken together, the assemblage embodies the psychological space of Tarkovsky’s film image, further constructing an immersive environment that extends a phenomenological appreciation of the film image in its relation to the place. The work was exhibited as part of the Spaces and Narrations Group Show at the Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, and supported by the CCW Research Fund.

See index below for other works relating to 'Kino Haiku' including:

  • Gorchakov's Wish
  • Alba Lunedì’
  • Fall (An Allegory)
  • Parrhesia
  • To Forget. Of Air.
  • Immolation Triptych

Please see also our Publications page for information on ‘Time, Place and Empathy: The Poetics and Phenomenology of Andrei Tarkovsky's Film Image’ (Visual Studies, Volume 28:1; p. 1-16). Informed by this constellation of works, this essay draws together our research into Tarkovsky’s theory and practice of the film image.