Monday, November 12, 2012

Alexis Gideon Adds a Second Performance of Video Musics III: Floating Oceans — Tomorrow at TSU and 427 Chestnut St.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Alexis Gideon's Video Musics III: Floating Oceans
When: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2:40 p.m.
Where: At TSU's Space for New Media
ADDITIONAL SCREENING! 9 p.m. at 427 Chestnut St.

Did you guys come to Alexis Gideon's screening/performance of Video Musics II at Local Honey last year? It was phenomenal and weird and spellbinding, but kind of cold. This year's screening is, thankfully, indoors — and in the creepy-wonderful Chestnut Square building, to boot.

When I wrote the pick, which you can read below, Gideon had only solidified the daytime performance at TSU. The additional screening at a more timely 9 p.m. is a huge bonus, and the coziness of Chestnut Square will hopefully be a better match than last year's outdoor venue — I remember hearing a few complaints about the piece running a little long, but I doubt you'll hear any naysayers in this more comfortable setting.

A bonus: According to the Facebook event page, Ezra Claytan Daniels will open the evening with a reading (with live music) of the first chapter of his interactive iPad graphic novel.

Watch a second trailer of Video Musics III after the jump.

Alexis Gideon is a born-and-bred New Yorker who retells ancient and classical stories using various stop-motion animation techniques and live musical performance. The result is something like Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Bjork’s “Human Behavior” video and a primer in literary history all rolled into one. If that sounds overwhelming, it is — but it’s also a lot of fun. At last year’s performance of Video Musics II in the back lot of Local Honey, a crowd huddled around lawn chairs and drank PBRs while Gideon hammered through an ancient Chinese story using a guitar, a laptop, and his booming baritone voice, all while a psychedelic stop-motion animation rendering of the tale unfolded behind him. It was a sight to behold, and all elements of the storytelling — from music and lyrics to the outstanding animation styles — were uncompromisingly grand. His latest piece, Video Musics III: Floating Oceans, is a 38-minute stop-motion video opera based on the works of the early 20th century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, inspired by the time and dream experiments of the Irish physicist John William Dunne.

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