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THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WORKING
PHILL NIBLOCK

MOVING IMAGES; MOVING CITIES
CORY ARCANGEL
SUKI CHAN
ANDY GRAYDON
JACOB KIRKEGAARD
LEE KIT
JACK KUBIZNE
KATJA LOHER
CEDRIC MARIDET
CARSTEN NICOLAI
HIRAKI SAWA
CLAUDIO SINATTI
JOAO VASCO PAIVA

PERFORMANCE
presented by
NEOSOUND

ER DAO
ZEN LU
PAUL CLIPSON


 


PHILL NIBLOCK
The Movement of People Working | New York | 1973 | 96m
16mm film transferred to video | color | sound

Threshing, seeding, weaving, painting, carving or fishing, bodies and hands are set in a relentless and often impersonalized motion that creates a hypnotic tapestry of repeated gestures and diversified techniques of immense choreographic beauty. The Movement of People Working, shot in the mid-70s, has been frequently used as a visual accompaniment to Niblock's live music performances, and it is arguably both the least obvious and the best possible screen expression of his musical vision.

Niblock's soundtrack, recorded between 1975 and 1980, features the author's characteristic multi-layered "drone" immersions in which one radiant, glowing sound-object is sent into a dynamic but imperceptible chain of simultaneously minuscule and overarching transformations that constantly challenge distinctions between motion and quietude. Despite the apparent contrast between the two dimensions of labor, there is a deep but unfathomable correspondence between the succession of these bright fragmented images and the illusory continuity of Niblock's aural radiance: as if the slow, minute gestures of the hands and torsos that weave and thresh find an unexpected double in the tactile and intricate movement of the musician's workings.

Picture and Sound by Phill Niblock

9 Dec. Friday
9PM – 10:30PM / Doors 8:30PM
Free

Liang Cha Shop, Idutang Project Space, F3 Block OCT-LoFT (MAP)

 

 

Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60's he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York, where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 and the curator of EI's XI Records label. Phill Niblock's music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label. He is a retired professor at The College of Staten Island, the City University of New York.


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