I finally made it to see and hear Song 1 displayed on the outside of the Hirshhorn Museum before it closed on May 20th. In fact that was my mother’s day present. What a great idea to use the outside of buildings as movie screens. This one, however, was not flat and that’s where the technological wizardry came in. Here’s my previous post regarding the optics.
It was a beautiful clear night with a slight breeze. All ages, all kinds of people were out, hand-in-hand, in groups, with families and individually, enjoying the same experience with perhaps different meanings for each. It was one of those moments in time where you felt the community stopping the hectic pace around them and coming together to enjoy the beauty of the moment. Here are some video clips that I have spliced. Of course you had to be there to get the full sense but one takeaway is I can’t seem to get the hauntingly, hip, “I Only Have Eyes for You” song out of my head. You can hear and see the street activity with buses whizzing by and eerie vocals of Tilda Swinton…..I tried but couldn’t not get my videos to reduce in size to be able to post so here’s the best I could find to give you and idea. This is the official one and much better than I could do anyway:
This isn’t only happening in America. Look at this clip on the outside of the Sydney Opera House.
Reminds me a little of Invasion of the Super Humans — I mean Virgens. The description of the Live Festival is pretty hysterical:
When the festival director of Vivid Live, Fergus Linehan, first told people he had to audition 30 Virgens, he got some pretty strange looks. Until he explained they were the all-girl rock choir in the Australian premiere of Stop the Virgens, the ”psycho opera” stage show created by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O.
”The Virgens must be supplied locally – it’s on their rider, next to four bottles of high-quality vodka,” Linehan jokes.