La Mer

Multiple Video Projection
Trinity Laban 2017

“My foremost ambition, in music, is to produce something that represents as closely as possible life itself. It is a free art… boundless as the elements, the wind, sky, and sea.” Claude Debussy

Debussy often admitted that he loved pictures and paintings as much as he loved music, despite his dislike of being called an impressionist. For him, it was not his main concern to convey the physical impressions of something, but more to capture the character of the image in his mind through sound. He manifested both his sensory approach and his delight to paint in music through an innovative use of texture, harmony and form, and in the way he explored the sonority of the piano. He said, “There is no theory. You merely have to listen”.

Dalton made this installation from primary videos made at the Royal Hotel in Eastbourne, where Debussy completed the score as a result of fleeing from Paris following a scandalous affair. The footage is a close up of the reverse side of a service door in the hotel its the other public side is perfect classical ornament. The haphazard marks have an affinity with the incidental waves hitting the shore at Eastbourne.

Images Tom Mannion

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