Eternity Man – from chalk to silver nitrate: a homage to the timeless scribblings of an Aussie drunk

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:20

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

Part of the 2016 Jonathan Mills Lectures series.

Eternity Man is a chamber opera by composer Jonathan Mills and poet Dorothy Porter as well as a film for television, based on the opera, directed by Julien Temple, commissioned by Channel 4 and ABC TV.

Eternity Man follows the nocturnal peregrinations of Arthur Stace, and his transformation from a psychologically war-scared, alcoholic, to an obsessed urban evangelist; a person who would, in time, become an urban legend, and the precursor to street and graffiti artists as diverse as Banksy and Cornbread. Eternity Man reveals, not only Arthur’s personal odyssey, but also the secret, underbelly in any growing metropolis – energetic, seedy and forgetful.

Though hardly literate, he would write his single word poetic-prophesy “Eternity” some 500,000 times across every conceivable pavement, wall, gutter and gap of Sydney’s urban fabric, in a fervent mission to reveal the soured soul of a glittering city and to demand its repentance and seek its redemption.

Jonathan Mills presents excerpts of his chamber opera and provides personal insights into the nature of collaboration with poets and filmmakers.

Free and open to all.