As we’ve mentioned just once or twice over the last few months; Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s day-in-the-life of Nick Cave ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ is released soon. We’ve reviewed the film which you can read here:
We’ve now heard news of a fantastic new on-line “art” project created to tie-in with the film.
THE MUSEUM OF IMPORTANT SHIT
Heavily featured in the film is Nick Cave’s “archive”, a place housing photographs and pieces of memorabilia from his career. Now The Museum of Important Shit allows users to essentially have their own archive. Uploading photos of items significant to them, typing out thoughts or memories anyone can add to the growing collection. Along with pieces added by Cave & The Bad Seeds other notable contributors include Edith Bowman, Richard Ayoade, actor Craig Roberts and authors Joe Dunthorne and Jon Ronson.
The project has been created in connection with Film4 coming after their impressive ‘A Field in England Master-class, the BAFTA nominated ‘Dreams of Your Life’ and the ‘Frank’ digital storytelling project.
The directors will also act as curators for the museum and will be inviting other artists to add their own collections:
“This whole thing started with an old piece of chewing gum. Seriously.
We were shooting the film and Nick told us this spine-tingling story. Nina Simone had been a nightmare backstage at one of her final gigs. But when she walked on and sat down, she took the gum from her mouth and stuck it on the piano, and… transformed. It’s one of those rare moments. Nick feels the gears of his heart change. It’s a feeling we’ve all experienced. A moment when your whole world changes.
Cut forward a few weeks, and we’re shooting another scene, this time sat in a kitchen on the edge of the world with Nick and his dear friend and band-mate Warren Ellis. They’re chatting and Nick asks Warren if he remembers the Nina Simone gig. Of course he does. “I have that gum” he says. And he really does. The next day he sends us a photo. It’s a pathetic looking dirty piece of gum, wrapped in a white towel. It’s shit, but it’s important shit. And that’s what this project is all about.”
Of the project Nick Cave says, “I’ve been a great collector of stuff from the start, you know, as a child, with my marbles and bits of string in my pocket. To this day, I keep the writing and photographs and the random ephemera, that over time, unexpectedly, collects meaning and significance. That stuff seems to be a kind of buttress that supports the soft tissue of my life. It feels connected to my soul in some kind of way. These physical things that define particular periods of my life, hold great importance to me. That stuff can unexpectedly reduce you to tears, because unexpected memory has that capacity. We all do it, I suppose, collect stuff, we all have our totems and touchstones that anchor us to our past. Stupid shit, in a way, but important shit.”
Visit The Museum of Important Shit here: