Subtitles - Doves & Crocodiles
“Subtitles”, a series of projects inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Doris Lessing and Roald Dahl, begins Friday the 21st with “Doves and Crocodiles”. Participating artists, Robert Ladislas Derr, Jac Jemc, Ryan Dunn and Joseph Kramer, will present work influenced by Edgar Allen Poe’s body of work. Poe is most known as the father of the detective story, the master of horror and the voice of “The Raven”, but he also wrote hoaxes as news, comedic works, satire, parodies, sketches and experimental stories.
“To Helen” by Robert Ladislas Derr is a psycho geographical walk (wearing four video cameras) through Providence, RI at midnight. Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem To Helen. Beginning at the Athenaeum where Poe was known to write, Derr traced the footsteps that Poe might have taken while creating this poem written to his beloved Helen Whitman, resident of Providence. Dressed in white, reminiscent of Poe’s remembrance of Helen "clad in white upon a violet bank", Derr moves through the dark night on historic Benefit Street toward the First Baptist Meeting House, then down Meeting Street to Waterplace Park. Continuing on the Riverwalk, and back to Benefit Street. Upon the John Brown and Nightingale Brown houses, Derr looked for the roses that Poe says "grew in an enchanted garden". From there, he continues on Benefit Street until the Point Street Bridge, where he meets in Poe’s words "the mossy banks and the meandering paths".