On September 21st, we held our grand opening party in partnership with Detroit Design Festival 2013. As part of the evening, we showed a short film detailing the history of Practice·Space. The story begins in the 1990's with Jerry Esters rebuilding work in the North Corktown neighborhood and concludes with the launch of the program this past month.
Bodie is by far the best preserved ghost town in the United States.
Gold was discovered back in 1859 by William S Bodey and at its apex, the town had a population of 10,000 residents through the 1880's. Bodie was replete with the makings of old west folklore; gunfighters, saloons, miners, gambling halls and prostitutes, a rough place through and through. But the town's success didn't last and faded from 'glory' prior to World War I and was finally down for the count during WWII once all mining operations were halted due to the war effort. It was effectively abandoned with many of the structures retaining the inhabitants belongings because the roads out were toll and weight based; many people simply decided to leave their belongings behind to avoid large fees so the ghost town was born.
Today, after two fires, around 100 structures remain, (5% of the original town) some of which are filled with furniture, lined and matted with layer up on layer of rotting and sagging wallpaper. Some buildings are seemingly untouched time-capsules to the once treacherous lives of the miners and other inhabitants of the town. Kids toys sitting by the window, a ball peen hammer on the ground, strewn gears in a machine shop, and rusted hangers hanging in a closet.
Walking the grounds, particularly the cemetery, I was overcome with a sense of foreboding and the gentle but incessant march of time continuing on. The once important lives buried under a wood tombstone were all but forgotten and those now nameless people who were loved or loved others, brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers, almost never existed unless you look at the uneven ground at a certain angle in the perfect light.
We spent a week shooting with access to some of the interiors of the buildings, and the ability to shoot at night. Because it is located in the Sierra Neveda and its unique geography and high elevation, the weather was quite extreme and could change in a matter of minutes; most nights were very cold and the temperature often sat in the low teens and were mixed with snow, wind, and icey rain.
Bodie is kept in a state of "arrested decay" and hangs (sometimes literally) in a sort of desolated limbo, as the dry lumber, rusted nails, and worn masonry, slowly give into the sands of time.
Special Thanks to Ranger Tom Gunther. Thank you for your help!!!
Thanks to Matthews MSE, (Tyler, Bob, Ed) for helping me with some last minute requests and their use of the DC Slider and dolly track.
This is a project I have wanted to do for a long time. There is something about abandoned places that that is very intriguing. A place that was once a centerpiece in a few people's lives is now all but forgotten.
In the amazing set of the Lofoten Islands in the North of Norway, two Norwegian artists, Dolk e Pøbel, make huge paintings on the walls of abandoned houses bringing them back to life.
“Living Decay”: a documentary about painting and seagulls, spray and clouds, landscape and empty houses in the middle of nowhere.
In the summer of 2008 the two talented Norwegian street artists took on the challenge of Lofoten Islands countryside in Norway to create large-scale murales on the faces of abandoned houses which are about to be demolished.
“Living Decay” is suggestive daily log that narrates through seven chapters, the making of these huge paintings inside the unique northern landscape.
The documentary opens and closes with the narration by the American artist John Fekner, pioneer of ’70 street art.
The soundtrack alternates between original tracks by “Starving pets” and tracks by “Perturbazione”, “Armstrong?” & “Farmer Sea”.
amazing paintings by DOLK, PØBEL, LOFOTEN LANDSCAPE,
voice over by JOHN FEKNER ,
edited by LUCA VIGLIANI, DAVIDE FASOLO
music by FARMER SEA, STARVING PETS, ARMSTRONG ?, PERTURBAZIONE,
shot, written & lived by DAVIDE FASOLO
a Nulliversi prod 2008-2012
there are some different versions.
1 – “Living Decay – a portrait of a changing landscape” 24′ – 2009 - rough version
@ Pueblo, Circolo dei Lettori (Torino), VAM festival (Vercelli)
Published @ “Untitled II – the beautiful renaissance” – Ed. Pro-Actif – UK, 2009 (DVD)
2- “Living Decay – fairy tales in the middle of nowhere” 12′ – 2009 – short version (here!!!!)
@ Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger (Norway), 02-2010
@Piemonte Movie 2010 (premio “Giuria Giovane”), 03/2010
@Central station in Oslo e Trondheim (Norway), from 05/2010 to 09/2010
@Poriart Museum -STREET ART – THE NEW GENERATION- in Pori (Finland), 02/2012
3 - “Living Decay – a portrait of a changing landscape” 24′ – 2012 ( final version)
unpublished (only on dvd – Nulliversi 2012)
some photos here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nulliversi/collections/72157607721822094/
all rights reserved – NULLIVERSI
The song featured in the trailer is called Dreams Today, it features Nils Frahm on piano.
The video is filmed and directed by Andreas Koefoed and edited by Jacob Schulsinger.
The making of Efterklang´s new album started out in unusual fashion in August 2011, when the members of Efterklang (Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg) went on a nine-day audio expedition to an abandoned Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, an Arctic island located just shy of the North Pole. Spitsbergen is home to more polar bears than people and also to the ghost town of Piramida, which was abandoned overnight in 1998, and today stands as a slowly decaying ruin still full of physical memories like the world´s northernmost piano.
For more info and info on tours please visit http://www.efterklang.net