Many leagues below a murky, oil-filled pocket of subtropical waters off the southern coast of the United States, abyss creatures continue to communicate through light and vibration. In the “midnight zone,” a formidable black swallower feeds off of a hydrothermal vent, shrouded in a darkness thicker and blacker than deepest outer space. An opalescent dumbo octopus floats serenely by, her shiny coating picking up hints of a nearby jellyfish‘s flashing stroboscopic light, which illuminates a pulsating haze of red around them. On the very bottom of the ocean floor, a sea dandelion sits quietly, swaying back and forth to the rhythm of tectonic plates stirring below her…
Above: Special guest DJ Ron Like Hell, a resident purveyor of good taste and mind-expanding musical knowledge at northern Greenpoint’s favorite record-vending establishment, Permanent Records. If you are in the New York area on Friday, June 11th, go see him DJ at The Loft above Public Assembly.
Whether you splurged on a three-day pass way back in February, or didn’t realize until yesterday that tickets are 100% SOLD OUT, fans of New York’s No Fun Fest will be pleased to learn that this year’s installment is more than the usual three night affair. Recognizing that many of the artists on the bill next month are active outside the purely musical sphere, No Fun organizer Carlos Giffroni teams with Rhizome director Lauren Cornell on May 16 for an afternoon of film, video, and performance at the New Museum. Presented in tandem with the museum’s three-floor “Younger than Jesus” extravaganza (“50 artists from 25 countries all under the 33”), the event features a collaboration between Jim O’Rourke and filmmaker Makino Takashi, another between Robert Beatty (Hair Police, Three Legged Race) and video artist Takeshi Murata, and solo works by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Sarah Lipstate/Noveller, and Dominick Fernow/Prurient. Rumor has it that Meghan Ellis and Giffroni himself will round off the gathering with a little multi-media spectacle of their own.
Just a question for the folks behind No Fun: an endorsement from a major art institution like the New Museum is definitely no chicken feed, and some might even say that the festival has now officially joined the the major leagues. So why is the event not even listed on the No Fun website?
Still from Sarah Lipstate’s “Memory Scars”, courtesy of the artist
On Sunday, April 19th, Cinema 16 returns to The Bell House in Brooklyn with another round of experimental shorts and live musical accompaniment. Brooklyn musician Julianna Barwick performs original scores to Kenneth Anger’s “Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome” (1954) and Joel Schelmowitz’ “1734” (1997), followed by a performance by Parts & Labor’s Sarah Lipstate (as Noveller), set to a selection of her own films.
Independent curator Molly Surno, who founded the series last year, offers an unusual explanation for bringing the silent film—and Cinema 16, a New York avant-garde film society founded by Amos Vogul in 1947—back to life: “In the era of silent film, live music enhanced the moving picture and brought communities together with a visceral, interactive audio-visual experience. Today, when the film experience has been reduced to the tiny screens of our laptops and ipods, oftentimes experienced alone, Cinema 16 offers a revival of community” (Bellhouse website).
Sunday, April 19th, 6pm doors, 7pm show
149 7th Street
$10, with complementary beverage
Brooklyn, NY 11215