Night Divides the Day

Black Page Exhibition opening, Shandy Hall, 2009

night divides the day

Simon Morris

night divides the day, in ‘The Black Page’ exhibition from Simon Morris on Vimeo.

The music is Lillibullero whistled by Patrick Wildgust, the curator of the Laurence Sterne Museum. In Sterne’s most famous book, Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Tristram’s uncle, Captain Toby Shandy, a British Army veteran of the fighting in Ireland and the Low Countries during King William’s reign, whistles the tune to Lillibullero when he is offered any opinion or argument which would require passionate rebuttal or which he considers particularly silly. The action in night divides the day takes inspiration from the work of Lucio Fontana, Gustav Metzger and Saburo Murakami.

‘The Black Page’ exhibition at Shandy Hallcelebrates the 250th anniversary of Vols I & II of Tristram Shandy. The exhibition was curated by Patrick Wildgust.

Page 73 of Volume I is a black page, which marks the death in the novel of Parson Yorick.

73 artists/writers were asked to create a ‘Black Page’ for exhibition and sale by auction, to celebrate the anniversary and help raise much needed funds for the museum.

Other black constructions can be viewed here:

This film is in the private collection of William Sherman and Claire MacDonald. Any requests to exhibit the film or present it in public should be referred to them directly.

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