Plazaville by G.H. Hovagimyan
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 7th, 2009, 5pm-7pm
Location: Pace Digital Gallery, 163 William Street (btw Beekman St. & Ann St.)
Exhibition Dates: April 7th - May 1st
Gallery Hours: 12-6pm, Tues. - Fri.
Plazaville is a new media video artwork based on the classic 1965 movie Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard. It is a noir/sci-fi, "no budget" movie set in 21st Century New York City. Scenes from the original Alphaville are re-enacted, interpreted and improvised by artists, actors and videographers, directed by G.H. Hovagimyan, and shot in HD video.
Plazaville is also a variable media artwork and can be viewed in a number of different ways. Separate short scenes that function as mini-movies were created by Hovagimyan to be downloaded from the web and can be viewed on youTube, iTunes, iPhones and HDTV using AppleTV. For Pace Digital Gallery, Plazaville is presented as a projection/installation piece, and the scenes have been loaded onto a computer that continually re-assembles the movie in a random order. All of the Plazaville short scenes can be viewed via web browser on the turbulence.org web site.
Plazaville is a 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support for Plazaville came from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program, created with lead support from the September 11th Fund and space donated by The Sapir Organization. The Hudson River Park Trust, The Emily Harvey Foundation, School of Visual Arts and Apple Inc. also contributed to the making of Plazaville.
You may access the current scenes of Plazaville via computer at:
RSS feed via web browser: http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.xml
Computer via internet:
log onto the iTunes store and search for Plazaville Series