The death of Ivan Ilyich it's a novella written by Leo Tolstoy,and tells the story of life and death of Ivan Ilyich.
This is the last project of my first year at UCA, and it's going to be a project in group.We should collect ideas to design and construct a set which should represents the bedroom where Ivan Ilyich lay dying and the room which it's joined.
For this set the stylistic brief is Baroque.
I've been checking some books since last friday,about Baroque and rococo,and photocopying some pictures from it.
Books I get:
-BAROQUE AND ROCOCO ART-Liselotte Andersen
-BAROQUE AND ROCOCO-Germain Bazin
1961 London/Thames and Hudson Ltd
-THE CULTURE OF EXCESS BAROQUE-Stephen Calloway
1994 Phaidon Press Limited
On Monay 14th we had our first meeting with the group and Fiona took some notes
about the ideas we have,in that moment i didn't know much a part from the Baroque style because I didn't read the book,but now that I did, I have better idea of it. The notes we took of ideas we had:
-brief look at pictures taken at Quebec House by Fiona(as this has the dark wood and period sofa that might have been described in the book)
-Baroque period and perspective,lighting and architectural painting were discussed
-book was set in 1886(i don't understand this because should be in the date Ivan die which was 1882 in Russia)
-Use symbolism to merge the themes of death and life in the book.Ivan only seems to connect to his son(youth) and his servant Gerasim(health)
-Image brought to mind by the text:
-forced into a black bag
-hands pressing down forcing Ivan into the bag
-pain personified as a third person(it)
-isolation(nobody believe him)
-screens being ripped away
-screaming for 3 days because life is wasted
-How we might be able to achieve this in two rooms:
-Livingroom represents the actual,authentic,life,pretentious aspirations of the family
-Bedroom represents the dreamstate,sickness,death
-"it"in the corner with screens hiding the form so you only see the outline,shadows,suggestion of form
Films which inspired us:
-Stephen King(anything by)
-The soldier in death
-The Labyrinth(specific hands)