To see the city through Dominic Angerame’s eyes, is to see an organic beast of cement that seems to breathe in rich shades of black and white. (Silke Tudor, The SF Weekly)
The ongoing transformations of San Francisco’s skyline and cityscape are the grand subject of filmmaker Dominic Angerame’s epic film series The City Symphony (begun 1987). Masterfully filmed in 16mm—and in striking, high contrast black & white—the films that make up The City Symphony demonstrate masterful in-camera editing and virtuosic super-impositions while embodying the paradoxes of solidity and ephemerality of the city in flux. The first half of this evening’s screening/concert features Revelations, the latest in Angerame’s ongoing series. Featuring a haunting soundtrack by Angerame’s long term collaborator Kevin Barnard, Revelations documents transformations in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood and Embarcadero, including the construction of the stadium currently known as Oracle Park. The filmmaker’s 1980 film Freedom’s Skyway, an early celebration of the city’s skyline featuring Chinatown pyrotechnics, opens the show.
This opening presentation is followed by by a live video/music performance by duo B. vs. vIDEO sAVant, an intermedia ensemble of drums (Jason Levis), bass (Lisa Mezzacappa) and live video (Charles Woodman) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trio creates live performances of sound and image that seek the revelatory moments where the distinction between music and video, sound and image melt away and a new whole emerges from the flow between individuals and media. The group formed when Mezzacappa and Woodman met as residents at Headlands Center for the Arts, and since then, the ensemble has performed in the Bay Area and beyond and has been presented by San Francisco Cinematheque, the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Shapeshifters Cinema (Oakland) and the Oakland Winter Live Festival. This year, duo B. vs. vIDEO sAVant has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Center for New Music and this evening’s performance is a culmination of the group’s creative work and research as part of that program.