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A cross-pollination between image and music
Film Fest Gent and arts centre Vooruit go way back when it comes to the presentation of our yearly programme, in which we explore the fringes of cinema in performances, lectures, music and theatre. By launching VIDEODROOM Vooruit and Film Fest Gent strengthen their collaboration.
in 2018, Vooruit and Film Fest Gent launched the first edition of VIDEODROOM. During the latest Film Fest Gent (9-19 Oct 2018) and at cultural arts centre Vooruit, artists and audiences explored a new universe at the intersection between music, films and visuals. Film scores were reworked and well-known films and their scores were deconstructed. During VIDEODROOM, top musicians mixed live music - from reworked scores, to unique improvisations to radical deconstructions of well-known film themes - with films, visuals and other projections. Each time it concerned unique crossover productions.
The first edition of VIDEODROOM started with a live concert by ex-Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore.
Also included onto the varied VIDEODROOM programme:
- London rapper GAIKA presents a complete image-and-sound remix of 'Akira', the anime-cult film by Katsuhiro Otomo.
- Raveyards (Ghent based audiovisual electronica collective around Francois de Meyer and Stefan Bracke) provides an integral spectacle with GHOST: HAUNTED HOUSE. Several bands and solo artists will perform short sets in video installations, inspired by classic horror films, such as 'House on Haunted Hill' and 'The Haunting', and their accompanying soundtracks. Central guest is the self-proclaimed queer terrorist Christeene Vale, the alter ego of Texan performer Paul Soileau.
- Journalist-composer Kevin Toma (De Volkskrant) performs his new score for James Whales' 'Frankenstein', a composition on piano and synthesizer, combined with discrete samples and soundscapes.
- New York dj and producer Kilbourne will accompany the screening of vampire classic 'Blade' (a film with, 20 years before 'Black Panther', an Afro-American superhero as protagonist) with a mix of atmospheric ambient and uplifting gabberhouse.
- Swiss-Tibetan electronics producer and singer Aïsha Devi brings euphoric, deconstructed, cinematic dance music within a 360° panoramic projection by the French visual artist Emile Barret.
In order to realise the new ten-day VIDEODROOM programme, including a whole series of afterparties, Vooruit and Film Fest Gent again collaborated with lots of partners such as All Eyes On Hip Hop, Springstof, Gouvernement and Slagwerk.