School of Art Professor's Film to be Screened


Bart Woodstrup, professor in the Time Arts area of the NIU School of Art and new media artist, has two upcoming showings of the film Song Cycle for Haruki Murakami, which is a collaborative effort between Bart and NIU School of Music alum Matthew Dotson (MM 2005).

On October 15 Song Cycle for Haruki Murakami (2007) will be screened in "DL: short cuts to Japan" at the Black Box Kino im Filmmuseum, Duesseldorf, Germany. This is a film fest "dedicated to Japan in experimental cinema and video art - celebrating the 150 anniversary of Japanese-German diplomatic relations."

Song Cycle for Haruki Murakami will also be screened on November 5th at SCREAM Festival 2011: Sounding Images - located at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, Los Angeles.

The impetus of this work was four quotes out of Haruki Murakami’s novel “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles.” The intention was to create a kind of pseudo-narrative out of just these four quotes; creating a new story out of fragments of the original story. The foundation of the sonic material was derived from several ambient recordings that took place both inside and outside of an apartment in Chicago. These recordings were used to symbolize the “inner” and “outer” worlds; the interactions and tensions between which served to be the conceptual focus of my piece as it likewise was with Murakami. The animation is a visual interpretation of the themes from each movement: "insect wings", "earth", "dust", and "lock." A synaesthetic experience is created through animating the texts with properties of the sonic spectrum (brightness, noisiness, amplitude, and pitch).

The video is available online here.

In addition to the screenings of the film, Bart and Matt will be premiering new material on Friday, December 9th at the House Cafe in DeKalb. They will be opening for internationally recognized contemporary percussionist and improvisor Tatsuya Nakatani.

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