17 Nov 10:00 am: Luanda-Kinshasa – Stan Douglas
Director: Stan Douglas
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Screenings from 10am – 4.05pm on all dates:
Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2017.
FREE ENTRY AT ANY TIME
Luanda-Kinshasa is Stan Douglas’ vibrant depiction of a fictional 1970s jazz-funk band. It is set in a reconstruction of Columbia Records’ legendary New York studio The Church, which played host to some of the most well-known recordings of the 20th century, including Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (1959), Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited (1965), as well as albums by Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and many more.
Documenting a fictitious recording at the famed studio, Luanda-Kinshasa explores Douglas’ interest in the African origins of the early ‘70s New York music scene. The cast of stellar musicians, led by jazz pianist Jason Moran, cycle through jazz, funk and afro-beat motifs in joyous cohesion. Context is provided by the fashion styles, musical equipment and drinks labels, while newspaper headlines offer a subtle reminder of the outside world.
Presented as a cinema installation for the first time in the UK, in this context the viewer can enter at any point in the film and stay for as long as they wish. The screenings at Duke’s at Komedia also references and pays tribute to its former history as a live music venue before conversion into a cinema five years ago.
About Stan Douglas:
Stan Douglas is based in Vancouver. He has exhibited internationally, including Documenta IX – XI and the Venice Biennale (1990, 2001 & 2005). His film and video installations, photography and work in television frequently touch on the history of literature, cinema and music.
Produced in: Canada, 2013
Running time: 365 mins
IMAGE CREDIT: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST, DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/ LONDON AND VICTORIA MIRO, LONDON.
Also screening Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November.