Score & Script: Music in Video presents recent film, video, music and live performance works by artists and musicians, DJs and VJs, in which music is both the score and script. Taking cues from the pioneer multimedia work of Merrill Aldighieri, the original "video jockey" of Hurrah and Danceteria fame (popular 1980's NYC clubs), the exhibition offers alternatives to the ever-popular MTV-style music video format.
The progressive format of Score & Script is a cross between art exhibition and film festival. Gallery spaces are transformed into projection rooms for works on view throughout the run of the show, while special, one-time performances occur in the adjacent Freeport-McMoRan Theater.
Furthermore, the artists in Score & Script: Music in Video belong to a new generation of experimental multimedia and new media artists who challenge the way music is looked at and images are heard.
Artists in the exhibition include Edgar Arceneaux (USA), Christophe Chassol (France), Courtney Eagan (USA), Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky (USA), Melvin Moti (Suriname/Netherlands), Storm Slauter (Jamaica) and Caecilia Tripp (Germany/France).
*Works on view throughout the duration of Score & Script: Music in Video (Feb. 7-Apr. 5):
- Courtney Egan - Early Spring (2009)
Egan premiers her first video installation with sound, using speakers as screens for the projection of her hallucinatory flower image compositions, alongside a beat-heavy musical accompaniment.
- Christophe Chassol - Nola Chérie (2009)
For Nola Chérie, commissioned by the CAC and shot in New Orleans in Spring 2008, Paris-based pianist/composer Chassol uses his signature Warm Re-Synch editing technique based on the harmonization of monophonic melodic motifs. The various sounds recorded by Chassol, from performances by the ReBirth and Troupe brass bands, to the night song of crickets, to the melody of Mississippi riverboat calliopes, are matched with unusual accompanying images, such as the bright green wall of an abandoned warehouse, the Lower 9th Ward levee and passing trains. Nola Chérie, not unlike Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959), is an ode to a city which, despite having been hurt, can still be loved. It is Chassol's first project presented in an art exhibition.
Nola Chérie is made possible by generous funds from FACE, the French American Fund for Contemporary Art.
*Works only on view Thursday, February 26 - Sunday, March 29, during Score & Script: Music in Video:
- Edgar Arceneaux - An Arrangement without Tormentors (2004)
In this short film, Charles Gaines, Arceneaux's former CalArts University professor/collaborator, plays the same melody on a piano in a West Coast studio that is being played simultaneously by a professional musician in a New York studio.
- Melvin Moti - Top Legs (Miss Daisy) (2005) and Storm Slauter - Inna di Dance (2003)
Moti's Top Legs features 72-year old Miss Daisy, one of Jamaica's most famous dancers of the ska era, reminiscing about the funky moves of her youth in her Kingston garden. Slauter's Inna di Dance shows an aerial view of the provocative moves of contemporary dancehall reggae music.
*Works only on view Thursday, April 2 - Sunday, April 5, during Score & Script: Music in Video:
- Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky - Rebirth of a Nation (2005/2008) and Caecilia Tripp - The Making of Americans (2004)
Filmmaker Caecilia Tripp and conceptual artist Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky reinvent history by using sound and image studio editing techniques on various historical materials. In Rebirth of a Nation, Miller takes scenes from D.W. Griffith's infamous 1915 film Birth of a Nation (1915) and overlays subliminal sounds and images. Tripp's The Making of Americans uses original music by DJ Spooky, featuring rapper Jean Grae and poetry slam artist Postell, to create a free-style opera inspired by Gertrud Stein's eponymous novel (1908), and by the opera, Four Saints and three acts (1934), in which "spectacle is a metaphor for the construction of American identity" (Anne Dressen).