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Galerie Barbara Thumm

Private Gallery
Fiona Banner presents Orson Welles´ Heart of Darkness / 31 March 2012, 5.30 pm
Fiona Banner
Fiona Banner
  Fiona Banner presents the first ever performance of Orson Welles' screenplay Heart of Darkness. Beamed live from A Room for London / Roi des Belges to the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London. An Artangel production in association with Southbank Centre.

Saturday 31 March 2012, 5.30pm. FREE
Estimated running time 3.5 hours. Visitors are welcome to come and go throughout the event.

Orson Welles wrote a screenplay based on Joseph Conrad's 1903 novel Heart of Darkness in the late 1930s. It would have been his first film but it was rejected by RKO pictures, and he went on to make Citizen Kane instead. At the time the script was considered too political, too expensive, and too uncompromising artistically. Narrative parallels were also drawn with the rise of fascism in Europe. Today other parallels are drawn.

Banner directs Emmy-award winning actor Brian Cox in the first ever performance of this Orson Welles' screenplay. Cox will perform live to camera on the Roi des Belges, a one-bedroom installation, perched on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, based on the riverboat that Joseph Conrad piloted up the River Congo, designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with Fiona Banner. The durational performance will be streamed live onto a screen in Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, and on the web at

Fiona Banner's presentation of Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness is part of Artangel's A Room for London programme where the boat becomes an extraordinary temporary studio for writers, musicians and artists throughout 2012.

A Room for London website
Fiona Banner website
Galerie Barbara Thumm

Galerie Barbara Thumm
Markgrafenstrasse 68
D - 10969 Berlin

Fon +49 30 283 903 47
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Fiona Banner
Beagle Punctuation
2011, Neon bent by artist, perspex frame, wire, transformer
53 x 73 x 14 cm,
Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin 2011,
Foto: Jens Ziehe
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