You are cordially invited to the opening party for our upcoming exhibition Takeshi Murata: Infinite Doors. In collaboration with Milan based Presto!? Records, Empty Gallery will host a curated selection of performances by Sissy Spacek, Gabber Eleganza, Lorenzo Senni and special guest Rian Treanor. Please come party and get trashed with us! More details below. RSVP is essential.
Takeshi Murata: Infinite Doors
Empty Gallery is proud to present Takeshi Murata: Infinite Doors, the LA-based artist’s first solo exhibition in Asia. Although in recent years, Murata has become renowned for his series of surrealist CG still lifes, Infinite Doors focuses on the spiritual core of his artistic practice: the moving image. Spanning a decade-plus between 2004 and 2016, the exhibition surveys the full range of the artist’s work: from early found footage experiments — seminal datamoshing videos such as Monster Movie, 2005 and Untitled (Pink Dot), 2006 — to his most recent work with CG animation. What emerges is a portrait of an artist deeply immersed in the American cultural subconscious, while following an aesthetically seductive practice that belies a profound knowledge and engagement with experimental cinema. Infinite Doors has been designed in close collaboration with the artist as an experiential exhibition format, which serves to amplify the thematics of Murata’s work and the perceptual intensity of his films.
March 22, 9pm – Late
PURPLE RAIN: TERROR BEYOND BELIEF
dir. John Wiese, 2014.
USA, 90 min.
FRIDAY JANUARY 27 – 7:30 PM
Having brought to our audience such spectacular single-work détournements like THE SHINING FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS and TOUGH GUYS, we are now pleased to premiere Los Angeles-based artist John Wiese’s 2014 effort PURPLE RAIN: TERROR BEYOND BELIEF.
Described by Wiese himself as “a new edit of PURPLE RAIN where Prince murders Apollonia and gets away with it,” PR:TBB shines a darker shade of purple on the “greatest music movie of them all.” If “Darling Nikki” was all it took for Tipper Gore to start the PMRC, one wonders what PR:TBB might have done for the MPAA.
Unlike other works of appropriation which selectively reorganize “bites” into a new decontexualized construct, PR:TBB pushes an existing, diegetic act of violence a few cinematic degrees further, and then lets the third act play through (albeit without Apollonia’s presence). This is PURPLE RAIN as you have seen it before (yet not).
An artist and composer living in Los Angeles, John Wiese is a highly respected figure, both in contemporary sound art as well as the international experimental music underground. Wiese is also known for his influential grind/noisecore band Sissy Spacek, extreme electronics unit LHD, and for numerous collaborations. He is also an accomplished visual and graphic artist, with a long list of international exhibitions and printed materials.
T. Mikawa/John Wiese
Oblique No Strategy
Helicopter, H 78
Release Date: November 1, 2016
1. Cryptic Number
3. World of Other Stuff
4. Lung Capacity
Helicopter is proud to present the first ever collaboration between T. Mikawa (Incapacitants, Hijokaidan) and John Wiese (Sissy Spacek, LHD). Since their first meeting in Tokyo in August 2000, readers may remember Mikawa’s liner notes on Wiese’s 2005 Troniks release “Teenage Hallucination: 1992–1999″, but it took a full fifteen years before the two had the opportunity to sit down and record together. Recorded in Tokyo at Ochiai Soup in 2015, the pair’s electronics bleed into one another to form an immersive and astounding energy. Mixed and mastered by Wiese during a residency at the studio of Ina/GRM in Paris, 2016.