Jeremy Millar - Plum Tree Blossom
1 May - 8 July 2007
Plum Tree Blossom is a film by Jeremy Millar (b. 1970), commissioned to coincide with the exhibition of drawings by John Cage. Its subject is a plum tree growing in the garden of the Lodge House, at the East Gate of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which was filmed during one day, using a script created using chance operations. It consists of sixty four shots, each of a chance-determined length, from one to sixty-four seconds; chance operations also determined the focus, lens focal length, and zoom. The film was later edited, also using chance operations to determine the sequence of the shots and the nature of the cuts between them. The film was shown in the Lower ground floor gallery, accompanied by a photograph showing an ink mirror, a device historically used by Persians to foretell the future, and a series of ink drawings made using a diluted drop of the 'neutral' ink produced by Sennelier in Paris, a bottle of which inspired a series of lectures by Roland Barthes in 1977-8.