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Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
16 May 2016 / 19:30

Providing a revealing snapshot of Andy Warhol’s New York in the 1960s, fifteen previously unseen short films by the artist are given new live scores by musicians involved in and influenced by that scene – including Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500) and Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces)

The concert will take place as planned, featuring Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) and guest music curator Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna). Music written by Bradford Cox will still feature in the performance.

Providing a revealing snapshot of Andy Warhol’s New York in the 1960s, fifteen previously unseen short films by the artist are given new live scores by musicians involved in and influenced by that scene – including Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500) and Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces).
Premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music, each film paints a portrait of a figure from that time – many of whom have left their mark on Western art and culture, from artist Marcel Duchamp to actress Edie Sedgewick and beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. The slow motion speed at which Warhol projected them gives the feeling of a distant memory, whilst the vivid colours, digitally preserved, and reminiscent of Warhol’s own pop art, give the viewer a strong sensory experience.
Performing original scores to each film is a collection of musicians who continue to embody the spirit of that scene. Here they blur the line between visual, sonic and performance art – as happenings at Warhol’s studio and event space, The Factory did. Channelling the same sense of freedom, collaboration and experimentation in their music that Warhol brought to his art.
‘To elevate something as simple as a four-minute, black-and-white home movie with a custom soundtrack not only gives it importance — it’s something Warhol, a curatorial force in rock ‘n’ roll’s ’60s heyday, would have appreciated.’ – Jillian Mapes, Flavorwire
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