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An uncompromised vision (FW34)

THE ERL KING AND ITS DIGITAL EMULATION

GRAHAME WEINBREN
THE ERL KING AND ITS DIGITAL EMULATION

Roberta Friedman and I produced The Erl King between 1983 and 1986. It is composed of a cinematic database of material connected to two 19th century Romantic narrative texts: Goethe’s Erlkoenig, including the lied set to music by Schubert, and ‘The Burning Child Dream’ as described by Freud in the last chapter of The Interpretation of Dreams. The two stories are each enacted on film in several different ways and together they form the foundation of the work. We collected and concocted every possible association with the two texts we could imagine, no matter how mundane or arcane, both from their own historical periods and from aspects of the way we realized them on film, and found ways to picture these associative materials cinematically. For example, the Schubert lied, sung by Elizabeth Arnold, was filmed in a studio filled with potted palm trees. Consequently palm trees became a major theme of the piece, not only in natural environments and in botanical greenhouses, but also as printed on Hawaiian shirts.