JG Thirlwell is composing a new musical score to Tony Oursler‘s film project Imponderable, which opens at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France on July 6, 2015. Imponderable is a two part project composed of a book and film, based on Oursler’s personal archive of photographs, publications and unique objects, tracking a social, spiritual and intellectual history dating back to the early 18th century.
The 4D film Imponderable gives voice to the archive, focusing on a small group of important images involving a very personal family story with very public characters; it explores the contrasting and overlapping belief systems implicit within his grandfather’s engagement with the debunking of paranormal activity in the ’20s.
The book Imponderable spans 600 pages, with over 1200 full color images and 10 scholarly essays. The material covers a diverse range of topics including: spirit photography, stage magic, color theory, alchemy, satan worship, cults, hypnotism, pseudoscience, religion, angels, oracles, apparitions, electricity, auras, thought photography, UFOs, and much more.
The film will show as a site specific installation at LUMA until September 20.
JG Thirlwell will be presenting a program of works for string quartet, including a world premiere and a NY premiere, on the afternoon of August 9 2015 at the Noguchi Sculpture Museum in Queens, NY. He will join the quartet for the last piece of the program, which will be for string quartet with electronic treatments. The quartet for the concert will consist of Adrianna Mateo and Elena Moon Park on violins, Isabel Hagen on viola and Clara Kennedy on cello. The concert is presented by Bang On A Can. The concert will be at 3pm. Admission is free with entry to the museum.
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of a t-shirt and tote bag featuring the artwork from the Foetus album THAW. This acclaimed classic iconic design has been long-bootlegged on garments, so we are thrilled to finally announce the official availability of these fine items. The shirt has a three color 9″x9″ design printed on a Canvas brand cotton shirt, and is available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL. The cotton tote bag features the THAW logo in white on a black bag and is the perfect size for carrying vinyl, or anything else your heart desires. JG Thirlwell encourages you to use your tote instead of getting plastic shopping bags at your grocery store!
JG Thirlwell will provide a live soundtrack to underground film legend Ken Jacobs‘ Nervous Magic Lantern projections at Secret Project Robot on July 10 2015. The concert is part of the Secret Project Robot tenth anniversary celebration and the evening will also feature Din Machine , Collapsible Shoulder (featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs skinsman Brian Chase) and Rick Reed.
JG Thirlwell will be one of the performers in “Transmissions”, a surround sound event at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn on May 10 2015 at 9pm. Subtitled “Long Tones in A and E”, the piece was created by Pat Noecker aka RAFT and will also feature performers Victoria Keddie, Dana Schechter, Laura Ortman, Ted McGrath, Pat Spadine, Michael Durek, Tracy Brooks, Aaron Moore and Michael Garofalo. A specially designed app for the piece will also encourage audience participation.
As part of BAMcinématek series “3D in the 21st Century”, BAM will present a program Ken Jacobs‘ films, including a rare screening of the acclaimed Seeking the Monkey King, which features a score by JG Thirlwell (culled mainly from the Manorexia album Dinoflagellate Blooms). May 11th 2015, 7.30pm at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
“A reminder that, in a world of continuously streaming images, an artist like Mr. Jacobs challenges the tyranny of visual uniformity, and not simply with angry words.” —The New York Times
Two video pieces by Anne Senstad with sound and music composed by JG Thirlwell will be shown at El Magazen dell’Arte, at The 56th Venice Biennale 2015. The pieces, The Swamp and The Vanity of Vanities, will be exhibited as an immersive multi-projection installation. The exhibition opens May 9th.
JG Thirlwell‘s music provides the score for the film Norfolk, directed by BAFTA nominee Martin Radich. The soundtrack also features audio contributions from the acclaimed field recordist Chris Watson, and the sound design is provided by John Sampson (of the band Swimming). The film tells the story of an assassin and his young son who are hiding out in an apparent rural idyll when the man’s unspeakable past starts to catch up with him. The film stars Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood), Barry Keoghan (’71, Stay), Eileen Davies (Sightseers, Another Year), Sean Buckley (The Fifth Element, Les Misérables) and newcomer Goda Letkauskaite.
The film will premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where it competes in the Hivos Tiger Awards. The film will screen there on the following dates -
Friday 23 Jan at 17:45 (Press & Industry screening)
Saturday 24 Jan at 18:45
Sunday 25 Jan at 15:30
Monday 26 Jan at 18:00 (Press & Industry screening)
Tuesday 27 Jan at 17:00
Friday 30 Jan at 15:30
Saturday 31 Jan at 22:15
Norfolk is produced by Finlay Pretsell of SDI Productions and Rachel Dargavel of Crybaby and was developed, financed and produced through Creative England’s iFeatures initiative with backing from the BFI and BBC Films.
JG Thirlwell has remixed a new track by John Carpenter. The remix will be included on the deluxe digital version of Carpenter’s new album on Sacred Bones, Lost Themes. Other artists who have tackled remixes include Zola Jesus with Dean Hurley, Blanck Mass (Ben Power of Fuck Buttons), Silent Servant, ohGr and Bill Kouligas (PAN label head).
Additionally, renegade auteur John Carpenter will make a rare New York appearance at BAM on Thursday, February 5 to discuss his legendary career and celebrate the release of his debut solo album, Lost Themes.
Carpenter has scored many his films and Lost Themes is a collection of unused, previously unheard works in his inimitable style. The album will be released on Feb 3 2015.
A brand new one hour Venture Bros special will be airing January 19th, 2015 (at midnight ET/PT) on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network.
“Space. The final frontier, where no one can hear you scream, revenge is only served cold, and the drinks are comped in the casino. Join the Ventures—and pretty much everyone they’ve ever crossed paths with—as they rocket to the Gargantua-2 space station for an epic, hour-long adventure that will change the Ventureverse as we know it forever.”
This double episode will feature a ton of new music by JG Thirlwell. The rest of season six will be airing at a later date.