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?
No Fun 2009: Infinite Sound and Image
Saturday, May 16, 3pm
New York, NY 10002
$6 members, $8 general public