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Film Fest Gent - Thurston Moore: plays new scores for films by Maya Deren
Archived: Thurston Moore: plays new scores for films by Maya Deren (1943-1946)

director: Maya Deren

duration: 120 minutes
Music/Musical, Short


New scores for avant-garde cinema by former Sonic Youth frontman.

"Maya Deren is an avant-garde godmother. Her mysterious images have burned into my consciousness like fiery, exotic dreams we are not supposed to talk about - each one a secret location of a symbolic prediction made with deep, dark magic in her sibyl cave." - Thurston Moore

We know Thurston Moore from the proto-noise band Sonic Youth, his unfalteringly exceptional solo work and exciting side-projects such as Thurston Moore Group and Chelsea Light Moving. Especially for VIDEODROOM, the American artist will be coming over to Ghent for an exclusive, one-night-only show. Moore has composed new guitar scores for four experimental silent films by Maya Deren.

The work of the Ukrainian-American cineaste represents a milestone in the history of experimental film. For Deren, film's main function consisted of creating a total experience. In her work she combines dance, Haitian voodoo and psychology to create surreal, black-and-white short films. Using editing, multiple exposures, jump cutting, superimposition, slow-motion, and other camera techniques to her fullest advantage, Deren created continued motion through discontinued space, while abandoning the established notions of physical space and time, with the ability to turn her vision into a stream of consciousness.

Moore has written four new compositions to accompany Maya Deren's short films: 'Witch's Cradle', 'At Land', 'Ritual in Transfigured Time' and her magnum opus 'Meshes Of The Afternoon'. An exclusive show on Belgian soil!

"In Maya Deren's films, the familiar world captures us by its pervasive strangeness. She has the sensitive fingers and eyes of a surgeon, when it came to shaping her photographic visions without hurting the tissues of the physical surface." (Film Culture )

Film Fest Gent and Vooruit will launch the first edition of VIDEODROOM in october 2018. For 10 days top musicians mix live music with films, visuals and other projections. Each time it concerns unique crossover productions that you will only get to see during VIDEODROOM.


director: Maya Deren

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Country: United States of America
year: 1943-1946


MAYA DEREN: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), Witch's Cradle (1944), At Land (1946), A Study in Choreography for Camera (1946), Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946), The Private Life of a Cat (1947), Meditation on Violence (1949), Ensemble for Somnambulists (1951), The Very Eye of Night (1958), Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1985).

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