MONO X : Cinema 16
Curated by Molly Surno of C16, presented by MONO NO AWARE
7pm / FREE / Limited to 800 seats - RESERVE ONLINE
For this evening, Cinema 16 matches eight films with a commissioned score written and played live by New York musicians Simone and Amedeo Pace of Blonde Redhead. Curated by Cinema 16’s founder Molly Surno. The films selected by Surno address issues of legacy, lifespan, and decay both materially and conceptually. The films include Norman McLauren’s A Phantasy of Color (1952), Ted Wiggin's Nova Stella (2015), Malcom La Grice’s Berlin Horse (1970), Sarah Petty’s Furies (1981), Charles + Ray Eames’ Power of Ten (1977), Naomi Uman’s Removed (1999), Adam Beckett’s Flesh Flows (1974), and Scott Bartlett’s OffOn (1968). Original score by Simone and Amedeo Pace of Blonde Redhead.
Cinema 16 was founded and is programmed by artist Molly Surno. The series was named after the 1947 New York-based avant-garde film society founded by Amos and Marcia Vogel, dedicated their legacy in the creative film community. Today as we absorb cinema on the tiny screens of our laptops and phones, oftentimes viewed alone, Cinema 16 refreshes the communal viewing experience. Surno commissions musicians to reinterpret a series of short, experimental films for a site specific performance. Taking from the tradition of happenings, these mixed media performances are showcased at a variety of spaces melding the worlds of art, film. music, and the happening. Surno has commissioned a wide range of musicians to interpret her short film programs including the internationally recognized pop rock band Yeah Yeah Yeah's to the local Brooklyn favorite krautrock group, Forma. C/16 has been showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA/PS1, Museum of Moving Image, and the Kitchen, among others. www.cinemasixteen.com
On Simone and Amedeo Pace: The twins, born in Italy, have been making music since childhood due to their musical family. At age 13, They moved to Montreal and formed a rock band, the Bad Sinners. In the fall of 1988, both brothers enrolled into the Berklee College of Music in Boston where they honed their ear training and improvisational skills. Upon moving to New York they developed their their iconic sound mixing jazz, Latin music and improvisation. They auditioned for the Lounge Lizards, after meeting John Lurie on the island of Elba at a small club owned by a mutual friend. It was through the Lizards that they became acquainted with Arto Lindsay, and eventually Kazu Makino. From there Blonde Redhead was born.