Gallery Installation Dates:Â 20th July – 23rd July 2011 (5.30pm – 8.30pm)
Sound Speakers & Video Projections: 20th July – 7th August (from sunset)
Location:Â Signal Arts Gallery (Northbank, behind Flinders Street Station, Melbourne)
Nocturne: Forgotten is the result of a series of workshops exploring the concept of â€œthe lost boyâ€ in contemporary society.
Artist Hermione Merry and filmmaker Nicholas Verso worked with boys detained in remand at Melbourneâ€™s Juvenile Justice Centre in Parkville.Â Through a series of oral storytelling workshops, the boys were encouraged to tell their stories and experiences of the world. Â These stories touched upon themes of family, isolation, escape, dreams, friendship, role models and death. Â The line between reality and fiction constantly blurred as the boys would seek to â€œone upâ€ each other, often burying secret truths within tall tales and bravado.
These audio recordings were then shared with boys at a workshop at Signal Gallery in early July who responded visually to these stories.
This material forms the basis for a multiform work incorporating an 18 speaker sound wall, video projections and experiential installation where audiences are invited to step inside the emotional landscape of these boys and their forgotten voices.