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by Matt Mazur

24 Mar 2011


The Museum of Modern Art salutes master of Soviet cinema Dziga Vertov (1896-1954), whose still-radical experiments in image and sound have had an enduring influence on an astonishing range of contemporary filmmakers and artists. With the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled in the United States, April 15 through June 4, the exhibition offers a deeper understanding of Vertov’s landmark contributions to the history of cinema through an extensive selection of silent films, sound features, and related work by collaborators and rivals in what Vertov called his “factory of facts”.

Dziga Vertov is organized by Yuri Tsivian, William Colvin Professor, the University of Chicago, and Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film, the Museum of Modern Art, in close collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and is made possible by the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

24 Mar 2011


Darren Solomon spends his days writing music for commercials, TV and movies at Big Foote Music + Sound, working with many top session musicians in New York City. Another outlet is his cool electro pop band, Science for Girls, which incorporates a handful of singer/songwriters from the area. Lately, he has also created an online collaboration for anyone anywhere to join in composing a musical piece. InBFlat.net is a collection of 20 YouTube videos by professional musicians as well as everyday enthusiasts, using a wide array of instruments. Solomon set the parameters based on a 1960s minimalist composition called “In C” by Terry Riley. Here, each video is under two minutes long and in the brass-friendly key of B flat. The webpage features performance by musicians all over the globe playing traditional trumpet, clarinet and guitar along with non-traditional pairings such as harmonium and synthesizers, even a Nintendo DS. The human voice is also part of the plan, both the spoken word and sung vocals. By choosing a few or all 20, a visitor can create their own piece of music as well as controlling the mix by adjusting the volume of each video. 

In a recent interview with NPR, Solomon explains that the idea came after learning how YouTube allows 20 videos to play simultaneously. To bring people together online who normally wouldn’t be in the same room had its appeal as well. He calls it his digital Web 2.0 tribute to Riley, yet this project is another example of how the internet has further expanded the simple notion of collaboration.

by Jessy Krupa

24 Mar 2011


The most moving moment on the annual Stand Up to Cancer telethon was this tribute to those who had lost their lives from cancer, performed by Stevie Wonder, Martina McBride, and Aaron Neville.

 

by Eric Allen Been

24 Mar 2011


Photo courtesy of Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival

Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival just named its headliners for the Memorial Day weekend party, which includes Detroit techno legend Carl Craig performing live for the first time ever as his moniker 69, the Brighton-based DJ and producer Fatboy Slim and the Chicago house/electro icon Felix Da Housecat. Previously named acts included, among others, Green Velvet, Sven Väth and Goldie.

The entire line-up for the electronic music festival, which takes place May 28 through May 30 in Detroit’s Hart Plaza, is listed below.  Head over to Movement’s website for more info.

Movement Electronic Music Festival Lineup…
69 (Carl Craig) (live), Al Ester, Beardyman (live), Ben Klock, Claude Young, DJ Harvey, Dr. Atmo, DTM 5x5 (DJ Seoul, T.Linder, Neil V, Darkcube, DJ Psycho), Dubfire, Elliot Lipp (live), Fatboy Slim, Felix Da Housecat, Franki Juncaj aka DJ 3000, Gaslamp Killer, Guti (live), Hudson Mohawke – live, James Zabiela, Kero (live), Livio & Roby, Loco Dice, Martin Buttrich (live), Matt Clarke, Metro Area, Mike Servito, Pulshar (live), Ramadanman, Ryan Elliott, Steve Rachmad, Traversable Wormhole aka Adam X (live), Ana Sia, Art Department, Bruce Bailey, Cio D’or, Dam-Funk & Master Blazter (live), DJ T-1000, Echospace (live), Goldie, Green Velvet (live), Kerri Chandler, Marcel Dettman, Mimosa, Reference, Scuba, Shlomi Aber, Skrillex (live), Soul Clap, Sven Väth, Tini, Visionquest (live and DJ set)

by Cynthia Fuchs

24 Mar 2011


Part political investigation and part cultural critique, Alex Gibney’s brilliant documentary is also a series of intricate performance pieces. As Eliot Spitzer and others describe the trajectory of his New York career, all do their best to shape the story, and also to make their versions seem honest and insightful. As AG and as governor, Spitzer pursued Wall Street corruption, inspiring the enmity of some very powerful usual suspects. While the movie doesn’t defend Spitzer’s deception of his wife and family, or excuse his ridiculous choice to patronize the Emperor’s Club VIP, it does situate that bad behavior in multiple broader contexts, all in flux by definition. Spitzer is not deviant or even exceptional. He is, instead, a participant in a game that is at once mundane and creepy, one that no one seems inclined to challenge, but only to play as brutally as possible, and above all, to play well.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer is screening as part of Maysles Cinema’s “True Crime” series. The 24 March show will be followed by a Q&A with Alex Gibney.

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