This Video Art Piece Explores a Lost Relic

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Nov 26, 2014
References: davidzwirner & coolhunting
Vancouver-based artist and filmmaker Stan Douglas is displaying his latest video art piece, 'Luanda-Kinshasa,' at NYC's David Zwirner Gallery.

His film is a nod to "The Church," a recording studio located on Manhattan's East 30th street. The Columbia 30th Street Studio earned its holy nickname due to the fact that it was formerly an Armenian place of worship. Music legends such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Pink Floyd all recorded there, a testament to the studio's stellar acoustics and "good juju" (perhaps due to its location on holy grounds).

The film depicts a fictitious 1970s recording (professional musicians improvising together) in a reconstruction of the famed studio. To make it more realistic, the film is musically and visually contextualized by instrumental cues and props.