Omnis Temporalis is a multiform project that draws together the cartoon work of Canadian cartoonist, Seth, with contemporary classical music and performance by Vancouver-based composer, Mark Haney. Premiered at Richmond Art Gallery the new musical work, Omnis Temporalis, is based on Seth’s picture novella, George Sprott: 1894-1975, which explores themes of identity, time, change, loss and memory through various portrayals of the eponymous protagonist, George Sprott.
In 2011 Haney approached Seth for permission to use the critically acclaimed George Sprott: 1894-1975 as the basis for the new work. Seth enthusiastically embraced the project and their ongoing dialogue resulted in this collaboration. Notably, Seth designed an immersive cartoon space of the television station, CKCK, where George Sprott hosted his local television show, Northern Hi-Lights, for over 20 years in the fictional town of Dominion City.
Over the course of the exhibition, free performances took place in the CKCK TV station telling Sprott’s story through dialogue and music supported by an ensemble of characters, a trio of alto/bass flute, cello and double bass and Richard Newman as George Sprott. Costumes designed by Diane Park.
An exhibition brochure with essays by the Gallery’s curator, Nan Capogna, and Vancouver writer, composer, and musician, Rick Maddocks accompanied the exhibition.
The album version will be available in 2019 from Drawn and Quarterly.