Triptych 2014 Highlights

Cinematica 14

Triptych 14 opened last week with the screening of Cinematica 14, and featured a selection of films created by the graduating class of 2014. It was a wonderful night for all involved, as the graduating students showcased the skills they had been learning for the last three years of the IB Film Studies course, and had fun doing so.

Personally, I was blown away by the quality of the films shown. They ranged from films influenced by the Surrealist and German Expressionism movements, to documentaries, to French New Wave inspired pieces; all of these genres had been explored at some time throughout the IB Film course. It was interesting to see how the director and the cast left their mark on their final films.

Whilst not all films were shown, it is important to acknowledge those students whose work was presented on the night. It was a tough decision having to decide whose works would be shown and whose would not, and it is important to know that these films were of no lesser quality.

Thank you to Mr Carozza and Ms Osborne, because without them this night would not have gone ahead. The graduating class presented them with gifts to thank them for their efforts, and for their patience and tolerance.

Congratulations also to everyone involved in the making of all of the films, whether you were a director, actor, musician or extra cast just helping out, and to the parents and families of these people. Events such as this are an example of teamwork and mutual support.

At QACI, we often like to say that collaboration is key to making art. While at times this may not seem like the case, Cinematica 14 proved that collaboration is the best way to work. Through collaboration, you are open to other people’s ideas and other people’s skills.

I’ll end this short article with a quote from comedian Amy Poehler, on the nature of collaboration, that I feel sums up the Film Studies course (or any of the arts courses) here at QACI.

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” - Amy Poehler

by Masie Read (QACI Media Team)

Composition Showcase

orchestraThose who were privileged to view the remarkable performances composed by QACI’s graduating music class of 2014 last Friday night, would understand the difficulty of accurately reviewing the breath-taking experience.

Congratulations and thank you to the Year 12s who took this opportunity to showcase their compositions which expressed the social and cultural values of the individual. Each performance was an example of the creative talent and commitment of our music graduates who strive for excellence in composition and performance.

Special thanks to Ms Kristina Kelman, Mr Matthew Christensen and Ms Kate Freeman for their efforts in mentoring the Year 12s to create exceptional pieces to showcase for Triptych 14.

Featured compositions showcased on the night included :-

Kate Ash – Starry Night

Enya Chong – Conversion

Eleanor Hill – Waltzing Matilda

Kate Hogan – Dip Je Kip

Sophie Hudson – Bells

Jess Keble – What You Feel in the Moment

Patrick King – Neptune

Thomas King – Elysian

Conor Leach – Living Large

Shavaun Leschke – Playing for Cats

Kelsey Marriott – Linger

Rebecca Nguyen – Help Me

Nicholas Prior – He Loves Me

Fionn Richards – MVMT: Clockwork-Blur

Cain Robertson – With It

Celeste Robson – Essence

Max Sawyer – Shadow the Hedgehog

Zoe Sheppard – Lure

Sienna Wood – Escape

Lily Yang – Dance in G Minor

Daniel Yasar – Bear Up

Matheson Yates – Melancholy Funktown

Bree Zernike – Twist

By Khushbu Tailor (QACI Media Team)

exIBit

The theatre was aglow with much emotion last Saturday evening during the official opening of exIBit, a showcase of the works by the graduating Visual Arts class of 2014. Students had been preparing for this event during the previous year, meticulously planning each and every detail, from the angle at which the light hits the artwork to the spacing between each d-hook. Since September Year12’s had been installing their exhibitions, busily preparing for both their summative Visual Arts interviews and exIBit’s grand opening to the public.

The night was filled with many heart felt speeches by students to teachers. The formal atmosphere often created by such events had dropped. In the theatre, the sincere messages were delivered almost as though it was only teacher and student in the room. Teachers and support staff were also presented with gifts in recognition of their support: Dr Judy Anderson, Ms Karen Stevens, Ms Renee Johnson, Ms Shi Drake and Mr Greg Hersom.

Ms Stevens gave a speech, thanking students for the wonderful work that they had achieved, finishing by saying, “I have learnt more in the classroom than I have taught.” The next speaker was Ms Sophie Munn, QACI’s guest artist who recounted how she enjoyed her experience at Art: Big Day In; then, with no further ceremony, officially declared exIBit 2014 open!

Ms Johnson took the stage to present three awards nominated by the students themselves. These awards were the Where is Shi? Award, given to the student who asks the question “Where is Shi?” the most times and this was awarded to Aliona Grytsenko. Best Space was awarded to Mathilde Richalot, and Visual Art’s equivalent to Best and Fairest; the most helpful student during the installation process, was awarded to Saffron Lloyd.

Ms Johnson then finished by saying:  “I’d like to leave you tonight with a quote I discovered during my trip to Taiwan, by Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu – ‘He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty’ but then I thought … that’s a little too deep for me, so I’ll leave you with something familiar by Dr Seuss: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…’

Mr Donald closed the official part of the evening leaving the crowd with one last thought to consider – ‘Every child is an artist’ – and with that exIBit was opened and everyone filed into Gallery 61 to view the remarkable collection of artworks.

by Stephany Banal (QACI Media Team)