Following in the tradition of live orchestral performances accompanying silent films, re-imagined film soundtracks, and more modern marriages of sound and image starting with Andy Warhol+Velvet Underground’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the pangbianr FILMxMUSIC project endeavors to fuse the performance of live music and the visual imagination of original film-making as one unified production.
The project aims to exploit the full experimental possibilities of image-making set to live music, musical improvisation inspired by projected images, and the experience of a live show. Our goal is for the fixity of filmed material and the transience of live musical performance to intersect, to play off one another and converge in unexpected ways that allow both musical and visual elements to be rewritten and reinterpreted as a live event series.
Because the artistic communities in Beijing are small, interactive, open, and thriving.
Because there isn’t enough money for non-mainstream, non-commercial artists in Beijing to execute their ideas, even though a little money goes a long way here.
Because there is a strong youth movement in Beijing that is producing incredible works and too few of them are being presented publicly.
Because this project represents a unique opportunity for Chinese and foreign artist to collaborate, for existing artistic communities to expand and connect, and for young artists to gain exposure and experience on an international platform that nurtures and encourages their creative work.
Because we live here.
HOW IT WORKS:
Five teams, assembled of one filmmaking unit and one band or musician, will be given a sum of money and a period of time to produce an original work. The possibilities are broad and open to interpretation by each team. For example, a team might produce a narrative or documentary film with a live original soundtrack to be performed at the time of the event, a series of images that inspire musical improvisation, a series of music videos, etc. Each team is free to conceive of their own project, and has only to work within the following guidelines:
1) The team must make use of the budget allotted and anticipate travel and production costs within the existing budget.
2) The team must produce an original piece of work that incorporates a visual element and a live musical element to be respectively projected and performed before an audience.
3) The team must collaborate fully to produce a wholly original work that suits the creative interest of both the musician(s) and filmmaker(s).
While creating a permanent version of the work with recorded music and images is encouraged, this collaboration should be mutually beneficial to both parties: This is not an occasion for a filmmaker to commission a band to produce a soundtrack for a pre-existing work, nor is it an opportunity for a band to commission a filmmaker to produce their music video.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
In order to provide each team with the adequate funds to execute a film and music collaboration over a period of 6-8 months, each team will ideally be provided with 6,500 RMB (approximately 1,000$US). This budget will cover rentals and labor for production and recording costs, travel for artists who live outside of Beijing, and a modest stipend for the time of production.
The remainder of the funds will be used to organize and execute a screening/performance series to take place at numerous venues across Beijing over spring/summer 2011. These costs include rental fees for projection and sound equipment and travel expenses for the teams and other project participants. Pangbianr will also have a presence at the 2011 South by Southwest Film and Music festival in Austin, TX, where we will preview works completed to date.
Pangbianr (http://pangbianr.com) is a platform for exploring the lived culture of making art, music, film and food in China. We produce original video and audio works as well as provide young Chinese artists with distribution, contacts, screenings, and performance opportunities.
Our core team is a mix of Chinese and expats with a cumulative expertise in film production and distribution, documentary filmmaking, live music promotion, music journalism, installation and media art, cooking, and eating.
Though we hope for pangbianr to one day be self-sustaining, we are not currently a profit-generating organization. No one takes a salary and we fund all of our projects out of our own pockets.
Scenes 1 & 12: WHITE+ Live @ Creators Project, 18 September 2010
Scenes 2 & 10: Offset: Spectacles Live @ Mao Livehouse, 25 September 2010
Scene 3: “光榮的夢 (Glorious Dream)” by Doll Zhao
Scenes 4, 6 & 11: Rustic Live @ Yugong Yishan, 11 September 2010
Scenes 5 & 7: Birdstriking Live @ What Bar, 5 September 2010
Scene 8: “昭合事變 試拍 (Showa Incident)” by Doll Zhao
Scene 9: “Living Without Men” (trailer) by Luo Yi
Scene 13: “Ai Qing Bicycle” music video by La Loupe, Maya Rudolph & Liang Kun
Music: WHITE+ Live @ Creators Project, 18 September 2010
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