Le Chant du Rossignol 2010

Le Chant du Rossignol  Matthew Darbyshire 2010

Le Chant du Rossignol Matthew Darbyshire 2010

Matthew Darbyshire’s contribution to ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE is a music video he made in homage to the 1917 Igor Stravinsky symphonic poem Le Chant du Rossignol. It is made up of various scenes taken from sixteen existing mainstream feature films including AI, Blade Runner, Stepford Wives and Stomp the Yard.

Stravinsky’s song is an adaptation from his earlier work, Le Rossignol, an opera from 1914 based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Nightingale which was first published in 1843. 

 Darbyshire’s video includes motifs from the original tale, namely nature versus artifice and man versus machine, while also focussing on what the tale says about technology, art, love, nature, being, life and death. 

While telling Anderson’s tale, the video also attempts to follow the main plot line of Stravinsky’s symphony and is similarly divided in to four scenes - the introduction of the free and natural Nightingale; the replacement of it by the mechanical bird; the Emperors death as a result of the artificial bird’s failure; and the return of the Nightingale to convince Death to let go.

Matthew Darbyshire (b.1977) lives and works in Rochester, Kent. He studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, London and Royal Academy Schools, London. He has exhibited widely in major London institutions including Tate Britain, The ICA, The Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Gasworks and The Royal Academy, and elsewhere in the UK including solo exhibitions at The Hepworth, Wakefield; Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Tramway, Glasgow; Manchester City Art Gallery and Nottingham Castle. He has exhibited in numerous museums and commercial galleries across Europe, America and Asia. Darbyshire has permanent public commissions in Holland, Finland and the UK, and artworks in public collections including CNAP, Paris; Arts Council Collection, England; Government Arts Collection, UK; The Hepworth, UK; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK and Deutsche Bank, Germany. He has teaching fellowships from The Slade School of Fine Art, London; Kingston University and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Matthew is represented by Herald St Gallery, London and Jousse Enterprise, Paris.