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May 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm
VideoKills: INVISIBLE CITY SYMPHONIES
With JJ Hurvich and Will Martin
VideoKills is a Berlin based artist platform for video art, visual & sound multimedia, and performance artists.
The Explorer Series: Invisible City Symphonies
“This experimental work aims at creating a truly international absolute language of cinema…”
– Dziga Vertov Man With a Movie Camera
The Explorer Series: Invisible City Symphonies is a contemporary take on a traditional filmic form. The genre explores the experience of a city, or a series of cities – contemporarily, historically, visibly or invisibly and contains elements of the abstract, narrative, documentary. It has come to incorporate found footage, animation, and meta-narratives.
The program of City Symphonies will be accompanied by original scores composed specifically for each piece, and performed live in the tradition of the early silent cinematic experience. Utilizing the outdoor and indoor spaces of UnionDocs, we will also exhibit site-specific sculpture and installation work that evokes the experience of a city – embracing found objects, interactive sculpture, and the materiality and dimension of the local exhibition space.
After its debut at UnionDocs, the The Explorer Series will travel to Berlin, London and Sydney later this summer. Each location will use variable sound and image pairings to create complex and varied experiences – as each city will use a different pool of live accompaniments for a growing series of images. The purpose is to connect international artists and the landscapes of different cities with a visceral sound and image experience – blurring boundaries of how we see space, urbanity, and the growing internationalization and globalization of visual and aural perception.
JJ Hurvich, a native of New York City, is a curator, filmmaker writer and musician currently based in Berlin. She is co-director of VIDEOKILLS – an international community and platform for video art, sound, multimedia and performance artists. She is also co-founder and editor of ThePostRaum, a DIY online magazine for literature, photography and cultural exploration written and designed by its contributors. She is very excited to be collaborating with Will and Uniondocs on the first in the Explorer Series. For more information about VIDEOKILLS, ThePostRaum and to get involved visit
Will Martin grew up in Denver, CO before attending Middlebury College in Vermont where he studied International Development and French. After leaving Vermont he lived and worked in Argentina practicing architecture and teaching art. He currently works at a small design+build studio in Brooklyn. Will is an aspiring visual and audio artist and curator with a focused interested on spatial expression, memory and connectivity. His work, which he hopes pushes the limits of what is considered documentary art, aims to encourage both a heightened social and sensual awareness of the built environment in order to connect people more deeply, physically and metaphysically, with the places they inhabit.
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