(Dir.by GH Hovagimyan with Christina McPhee. USA. 2009)
Fri 31 August, 12 – 10pm
Looped screening, drop in
The Digital Lounge, Tyneside Cinema
Plazaville is a new media 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 cinematographers, directed by artist, G.H. Hovagimyan, and shot in HD video. Video artist Christina McPhee has filmed the ambient POPS (publicly-owned private plazas) of Wall Street, remixing these scenes with retro punk sounds plus "Alpha60" computer voice-overs.
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. Plazaville is presented at the Tyneside Cinema as a single-channel screening. The scenes are loaded onto an Apple mac that continually re-assembles the movie in a random order.
Plazaville was a 2009 New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) commission for its Turbulence website 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 Truth & Pride Inc. also contributed to the making of the artwork. Special thanks to Raphaele Shirley and the ‘Artists Meeting’ group.
GH Hovagimyanwas one of the first artists in New York to start working with the Internet and new media in the early nineties. His practice ranges from hypertext works to digital performance art, installations and HD video. Hovagimyan was one of the Pixel Palace Artists in Residence at Tyneside Cinema during August 2012.