On Feb. 21, 2012, members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, donning their colorful trademark balaclavas, participated in a 40-second “punk prayer protest” on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral before being detained. Arrested and tried for trespassing, wearing “inappropriate” sleeveless dresses and disrupting social order, Nadia, Masha and Katia were accused of religious hatred in a trial that reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society. Filmed over the course of six months by directors Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER highlights the forces that transformed these women from playful political activists to modern-day icons, exposing the state of Russian justice in the modern era. Opening the show, and keeping the riot real, is Brittany Katter’s fierce & uncompromising band, Katterwaul!
Eric Schlappi will be presenting a live tribute to Goblin by covering and interpreting their original soundtrack to Suspiria with a full band of acoustic and electric instruments, analogue synthesizers and WITCHES. Tonight re-experience Susperia, the landmark horror fantasy from cult director Dario Argento- dubbed the Italian Hitchcock for his mastery of suspense. Jessica Harper plays a dancer at a German ballet school where witches prowl the corridors. The famous opening 20 minutes of this Snow White fairy tale (by way of Thomas De Quincey’s hallucinatory Confessions of an Opium Eater) are an unforgettable experience, and the whole film is a stunning combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, dazzling colours, gory violence, lush décor and pounding live remixing of the Goblin soundtrack.
ama’s most challenging works, Emperor Tomato Ketchup is ostensibly about a young boy who is the emperor of a country in which children have overthrown the adults. This underground masterpiece startlingly attacks the taboo subjects of adolescent sexuality as well as the tyranny of both church and state. Lacking a conventional narrative, the film’s gritty, often over-exposed imagery at times resembles a home movie gone horribly wrong. Set in a dystopian Japan, its revolutionary gaze is as much sexual as it is political. Equal parts anarchy and poetry, Emperor Tomato Ketchup is Terayama using the cinematic canvas to create a work that is revolutionary in both form and spirit. Opening the show is Tucson’s own band of mysteriously costumed furry ambient aberrancy, Buppoosh!!
$10 admission (no reservations….line up early…only 40 available seats!)
Exploded View is one of several hundred art spaces around the world (Sarajevo, Prague, Tokyo, Warsaw and Istanbul etc…) that have been chosen to premiere Bjork’s astonishing new multimedia concert film, BIOPHILIA LIVE. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland’s film captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia. Recorded live at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on Biophilia and more using a broad variety of instruments – some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. The film has already been hailed as a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers. “There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It’s utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. “ - The Guardian
The Lo-Fi Film Festival, which is produced by Basement Media (Chicago), is a survey of contemporary artists working with low definition, low technology, and low fidelity motion picture techniques. LFFF is a celebration of the signal to noise ratio that underlies all media- of #fuzzy, #glitchy, + #grimy. Expect a fantastic opening set by local musical polymath Prabjit Virdee (Mute Swan, Union Pacific) setting the stage for a scratchy evening of lo-fi sonic & visual kulture!
Vicki Brown, Naim Amor & Connor Gallaher each perform a unique live score to Dali & Buñuel’s 1929 silent surrealist film classic, Un Chien Andalou. Come experience the most provocative and confrontational film of all times interpreted by 3 of Tucson’s finest musicians in the form of 3 unique soundtracks that will forever change your experience of the film. Tonight, experience 3 times the eye-slicing & ear thrilling wonder all presented in a 16mm film projection event!! At its Paris premiere, the 21 minute Chien caused a riot with it’s sexual and religious blasphemy! Almost 100 years past it’s making, the film remains a deeply mysterious, provocative and frighteningly beautiful framing of our collective dreamspun unconscious.
‘William S. Burroughs at 100’ celebrates the life and work of the maverick writer and cultural agitator William Burroughs on the 2014 anniversary of his 100th birthday. Burroughs notorious sound / cut-ups / language virus work will be parsed by UA Assistant Professor and local musician John Melillo (Algae & Tentacles), with input from Exploded View associate curator Carl Hanni. Burroughs talk will be talked; Burroughs spoken word recordings will be played; books will be displayed; and films and videos will be shown.
QALHEXICO presents “Da’ath I,” an audio-visual spell cast against the Worldwide Mad Deadly Gangster Gods of War & Industry. The ceremonial performance is a live mix of drone music & esoteric video projections. Invoked by members Samantha Angiulo, R.A Sanchez, Heather Gray, and Adam Cooper-Terán. QALHEXICO is a coven of drone occultists from Tucson and Phoenix engaged in psychic battle against the Worldwide Mad Deadly Gangster Gods of War & Industry. The second portion of the evening, EV presents a stunning feature length film on utopian society, ecology and Black Metal.
7:30 pm $5
Part of Exploded View’s continuing series of sound art and noise events. Tonight’s show, curated by Dave Wright, features electro-acoustic experimental noise with Vox Barbara from San Francisco and locals Skincage, G and Not Breathing. Video experiments and projections from Adam Cooper-Tehran and Falcotronik. Bring earplugs!
Doors 7 PM show @ 7:30 PM sharp
The Album Leaf (Sub Pop Records) is the acclaimed solo project of Jimmy LaValle, the San Diego-based songwriter whose music is inspired by a number of genres including classical, jazz, and post-rock — LaValle constructs his own songs in a similarly eclectic manner, utilizing everything from ambient noise to field recordings to radio transmissions. Michael Raine’s new documentary film, BEYOND THERE documents The Album Leaf’s first ever tour of China and other parts of Asia. Filmed during their last international tour, The band treks across Asia in a final attempt to gain traction in the changing landscape of music distribution. BEYOND THERE features stunning live performances and a rarely seen, intimate glimpse at the anti-rockstar side of a band on the precipice of change.