Video Helps the Radio Star

MTV made the music video popular, but artists have long been melding visuals to sound — and they're still finding new ways to do it. Consider Lori Varga. The contemporary Dadaist collages bits and pieces of analog film and digital video from her vast library of experimental media. She then collaborates with outré bands such as the Butthole Surfers and Weird Weeds to project her work during their performances, creating surreal stage environments tailored to the music. For Other Cinema's “Optronica,” Varga operates four projectors simultaneously in “Beyond the Frames of Light and Strange Sounds,” while electronically filtered instruments and tape readers provide the sonic component. Elsewhere in the program, find yourself surrounded by stereoscopic pictures courtesy of Pad McGlaughlin. Experience Walter Funk's “Hologlyphics,” a mix of holography, animation, and music. Get your music video fix with recent offerings from mash-up outlaws including Negativland and Paper Rad — who wouldn't be caught dead on MTV anyway.
Sat., Nov. 27, 8:30 p.m., 2010

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