Moving Silently at Victoria Theatre in San Francisco November 10th, 2019
A brief story of the show. [SHOW TICKETS]
A tribute to art and technology, early film, and contemporary video art, Moving Silently is a festival of ideas. How does technology assist in giving birth to new art forms? What is the connection between historical and contemporary moving images? Can video cameras, being as widely accessible as crayons, be the most democratic tool of art production of our time? These questions were posed in the free entry international call for artists with a few other conditions that determined the format of the show: a series of black and white silent video art shorts, with no limitation in theme or topic.
Of all the submissions, over twenty artists from around the world were selected, and the show was produced by Ephemereye. Emerging and established artists from France, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Finland, South Korea, and the United States presented their work for this screening exhibition.*
Con lievi mani © Ilaria Pezone
The show premiered in the historical Essanay Silent Film Museum – where Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp films were produced – and the silent films program is on weekly. Just as in the good old days, the accompaniment was provided by a single pianist, Judy Rosenberg, who rose to the challenge and contemporaneously responded to the unknown visuals with a brilliant set of musical vignettes. The specificity of video art is that it focuses on the visual narrative rather than storytelling, and turns the accompanying musical performance almost into a first response of the viewer to the image on the screen. It both creates and assists the show, thus playing the dual role of the artist and the public.
The next screening of Moving Silently has been transformed in scope and scale. Not only more works by more artists have been added to the original show, but it paired up with another event, the screening of the Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), a digitally remastered oeuvre of the Silent Film Era.
The musical score for the film is composed by Richard Marriott, and performed by Club Foot Modern Machines, which undoubtedly will be a feast for the lovers of early film. Richard composed for film, television, dance, theater, opera, installations and video games. He is the founder and artistic director of the Club Foot Orchestra, an important modern ensemble for live music performance with silent films.**
The echo of the dystopian landscape of the class struggle set in the Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist aesthetic reverberates to the present day’s events and adds more questions to the relationship between humanity, technology and society.
Club Foot orchestra performed contemporaneously accompanying Moving Silently show at the historical Empress Theatre in Vallejo during the July 26th 2019 event.
To our delight, once again, Richard Marriott and his ensemble will be accompanying our Moving Silently show responding to the artist’s work on the screen. All that in the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco, The Victoria Theatre was originally built in 1908 as Brown’s Opera House, showing vaudeville and motion pictures, and was owned by ancestors of the California politicians Pat Brown and Jerry Brown. In the 1940s and 1950s, the theater was named El Teatro Victoria and showed Spanish language movies. From 1963 to 1978, the theater was a burlesque house called the New Follies Burlesk. After renovation in 1978 and reopening in March 1979, it was renamed the Victoria Theatre, and is the oldest operational theatre in San Francisco.
Come to the the Victoria Theatre on November 10th, and enjoy the show!
* Participating artists: Adrian Regnier Chavez, Eija Temiseva, Ilaria Pezone, Lorenzo Papanti, Gala Mirissa, Pierre Ajavon, Yoon Suokwon, Anabela Costa, Andrew McDonald, Mladen Stropnik, Vanja Karas, Tony Buchen & Jeralyn Goodwin, India Roper-Evans, John Longenbaugh, Ann Grim, Crystel Egal, Karolin Schwab, Katherine Sweetman, Veronica Shimanovskaya, Lydia Gyurina, Natalia Jezova, Robert Ladislas Derr, Marc Dixon & Dennis Gaines, Matteo Campulla, Tina Sulc, Laura Cohen, Susana Sanroman, Joanne Alvis, and Sandrine Deumier.
** Participating musicians: Will Bernard, Guitar; Beth Custer, Clarinets; Kymry Esainko, Keyboards; Chris Grady, Trumpet; Matt Heckert, Machines; Richard Marriott, Brass, Flute, & Electronics; Gino Robair, Percussion & Electronics; Alisa Rose, Violin; Kal Spelletich, Machines.