5 Music-Heavy Films to See at Art Basel 2K16
ICYMI: Miami is just about ready to kick off Art Basel 2k16, and all of its stunning artistic mediums are once again on the roster, including film. This year’s roundup of films demonstrates the power of music to completely consume the attention of an audience and, *drum roll* please, stimulate suspense. The sequence of the films lead to an imaginative climax that exudes human emotion from both an aural and visual perspective.
Bottom line: These are the top five music-inspired films on our radar for the week (and should be on yours, too).
Kim Gordon—Proposal for Dance
Since the ‘80s, Gordon has juxtaposed her life as a rock star celeb (Sonic Youth, anyone?) and that of an artist. Proposal for Dance captures that duality by presenting two performers (one of whom is Gordon) who are in constant motion on the small stage of Berlin, Germany’s Harlekin Bar. Their faces are often disguised by the angle of the video and the camera gives the illusion of swinging from the bar’s overhead lights. The end result: a sea of musical notes created by both guitar-strumming, body flailing, and amp-thumping performers that’s sure to strike a chord.
Alfred often partners with musicians to create soundtracks to his animations, and Chromacity is no exception; this time around, it was musician Michael Lovett (aka NZCA LINES) who collaborated with the artist. Regarding his creation, Alfred says, “In listening to the track, it gave me the feeling of walking home after a long night before dawn. I tried to capture a hazy nebulous feeling where you are very sleepy and lights have a warm saturated glow. The landscape is an imagined commute home through the late night city.” Here’s looking at you, Miami…
Keren Cytter—Terrorist of Love
Cytter shot this video in one take using a fixed 4K camera. She then created a music video format in post-production using key framing, meme-like images, and an original soundtrack. It’s eccentricity at it’s finest—cats playing the piano, a Justin Bieber tee, and terrible dancing included. We don’t believe in spoilers, but you can snag a glimpse of Terrorist of Love here.
Ain Bailey x Sonia Boyce—Oh Adelaide
This joint project between visual artist Boyce and sound artist/DJ Bailey combines whimsical art treatment and found film footage of the late jazz singer and entertainer Adelaide Hall. “Oh Adelaide is a digital mash up where vision and sound sit awkwardly side by side. I decided to treat this digital footage as something elastic. Light and dazzling whiteness becomes the material presence that reveals and threatens to obliterate everything in its path, which Adelaide Hall and her accompanying pianist emerge and disappear within. As the audience, we’re urged to fight to keep track of her—to capture her,” says Boyce. See if you can keep up!
Anri Sala—Mixed Behavior
It’s a rainy New Year’s Eve atop a roof in Tirana, Albania. A lone DJ is filmed squarely from behind the decks—all while being underneath a tarp. While the music proceeds, the fireworks are reversing and seem to implode. This action alludes to the art of scratching—the rapidly repeated reversing of the direction of a record on a turntable. Mixed Behavior expresses the inventive production between some key elements: forefront and background, sound and imagery, and light and dark.
Image via The Pool Magazine.
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