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You should click on the link, it sounds interesting.  It runs from March 11-May 22.  It's too bad I don't live in New York City. 


http://www.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/slater_bradley/

 

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Factory Archives imagines Ian Curtis, lead singer of the short-lived punk band Joy Division, through the grainy haze of aging video stock. As if retrieved from the vaults of Factory Records, this fragment depicts an elusive performer just before the dawn of MTV, when the choreographed music video would forever change how culture consumes its rock 'n' roll.

 


Factory Archives (2001–02)


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Thanks for the heads-up. I think I'll go on May 18th.

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I have not gone yet to this - maybe I'll go May 18 too.  I met Slater and his friend (the guy who plays Ian) at a Morrissey tribute party a couple of weeks ago and he said that he is trying to do New Order's next video.  Good luck to him.

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If anyone goes, please let us know how it was.


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Marko, maybe you could put this on the main page under the 'Events to celebrate Ian's life on, and around, 18th May'?
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I finished posting this and lost my connection-- that was annoying.  Let me try this again.

 

Well I went while I had the time and it's only 3 videoscreens each in a separate room (1 Michael Jackson, 1 Kurt Cobain, 1 Ian) and 3 large photographs (1 of each "fallen idol") and that's the entire exhibit.  The photographs are of the same actor made up to look very much like Michael Jackson, Kurt and Ian portraits in each one - but of course the face of Ian is no spitting image (not the same skin type, facial bones, etc.) but the same expression, expression in the eyes, etc which is the idea.

 

There is a large black "Here are the Young Men" videotape cover on print on the wall when you walk in.

 

During the JD video, the album version of Decades is playing. But it begins in silence with a Beta videotape message on the screen which was cool because the observer has an idea of what period of time it is.  Then the video starts and it is very very grainy and ghostlike, much much harder to see the figure of I.C. (the actor) than in the Here are the Young Men video in black and white while the actor mimicks him singing in slow motion and does some of his circular arm movements.  "Decades" ends and you see all black for about 30 seconds.  I think the particularly grainy film was supposed to express the dying of the artist.  It all takes only a few minutes to see everything.

 

I will throw in my own two cents of dedication next month when I perform in an off-broadway poetry performance and ask the director to play JD songs before and/or after the show. My little bio in the program will include that I "dedicate each performance to the late Ian Curtis"   - lucky timing, as I was never cast in a poetry show before.

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Marko, maybe you could put this on the main page under the 'Events to celebrate Ian's life on, and around, 18th May'?

 

OK, it's on the front page

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