phantom limbs

journal by Sam Zimmerman concerning new media arts in New York City, curated events at Monkeytown (the video dinner theater in Williamsburg) and his personal projects

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bacchanale in Vienna

Bacchanale is screening in in Vienna on Saturday, February 14th at Symposion Pornonom: www.sympornonom.com

Thanks to Sabine Sonnenschein for including the film in this event!

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Bacchanale in Amsterdam

Big thanks to Jennifer Lyon Bell and the folks at Rated X for including Bacchanale in the Amsterdam Alternative Erotica Film Festival, Jan. 15-18 2009!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Honey Bunny V2


Thanks to everyone who attended the premiere of Honey Bunny V2! This 2-channel mashup splices Margie Schnibbe's original art-porn feature with new pieces by:

Jeanne Angel
Bengala
Elle Burchill
Andrew Erdos
Lilah Freedland
Chris Garneau
Lauren Lavitt
Caralee McElroy
A. Ash Miller
Alexander Reyna
Joshua Sandler
Zach Sandler
Irina Sarnetskaya
Fay Serafica
ShiZaru_Zoe
Yoshi Sodeoka
William Skullmaster
Skye Thorstenson
Lee Wells
Grant Worth
Sam Zimmerman

Thanks to all these people for their gracious participation in this project! And to Leisure Muffin for his original music, and to Margie for entrusting us with her movie.

Encore screening at Monkey Town on January 20th @ 8pm, hopefully followed by screenings on the west coast and beyond. Happy new year everybunny!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bacchanale in Berlin



Many thanks to the Pornfilmfestival Berlin 2008 for screening Bacchanale as a feature selection on Oct. 24:

http://www.pornfilmfestivalberlin.de/08e-filme.html

Here's their kind words from the program notes:

"To pay homage to this underground cult film, 57 audio artists set themselves at the behest of the New York Art Collective Monkey Town to re-interpret it and sew a new sonic garment on its entire body. The result is amazing: Not only does it boost the intoxicating character of "Bacchanale" to an immense degree, but also through the various themes of the musical background, there emerges a collection of 57 short, totally different miniatures, that in the end make a whole. Bacchanale 2006 - it is more than a film, it is an experience!"

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Monkey Town does Mago


Following up on our 2006 project, Bacchanale, Monkey Town has assembled a team of 50 audio artists to re-imagine the sound for Mago (2002).

Mago, from Korean director Kang Hyeon-Il and writer Jang Kyung-Ki is one of the largest-ever Korean film productions, though few souls outside of that country have experienced its unique charms. Described alternately as "dazzling and daring, mind-blowing and surreal, beautiful and horrifying" or "pretentious, vulgar, unbelievable, mind numbing, and appallingly hypocritical," the film is most notable for the acreage of epidermis employed in telling its tale. Although the Korean government is very conservative about nudity and sexuality depicted in mainstream movies, Mago escaped the ban by relentlessly and with grim precision neutralizing sex with anti-sex for the duration of the film - a monumental and alchemical artistic feat with dubious and discomfiting results.

Purportedly depicting the zen story of creation, beginning with paradise and progressing into man's destruction, Mago is a mashup of nostalgic pre-Christian Korean creation mythology and critical vignettes from this misguided modern world we call home. The visceral implication: our hospitals, cyber cafes, discos and subways are a very poor substitute for a world where 825 care-and-clothing-free elemental goddesses spend their days frolicking or in benign appreciation of the air and nakedness.

Is it art caught in the culture gap or heartless exploitation fare? As with all misfit masterworks, opinions run the gamut:

"although I don't know much about Zen or the YinYang symbol, I found the film to be unique and a very moving experience. It's like nothing I've ever seen in American cinema! 10/10"

"It's quite beautiful and surprisingly wholesome, proving that the unclothed human body is a work of art and nothing to be ashamed of."

"yet more proof that Korean cinema is a force to be reckoned with."

or

"Mago's incoherence is only outstripped by its pretentiousness. It’s like the Cremaster cycle with a dub track by Greenpeace."

"ends up feeling like being locked in a room with a snotty teenage zealot who beats you with a stick"

"One of the biggest "HUH?" movies ever made."

For this exclusive remixed presentation, Monkey Town distributed short silent clips from the film to 50 audio artists. The artists composed a new soundtrack for their clip, and the film was reassembled as a 65 minute feature. Additional edits by Sam Zimmerman. Inserts by Shu Lea Cheang.

Screenings at Monkey Town in December 2007 were feature recommendations in Time Out, Village Voice, and Flavorpill.

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