Tessa Hughes-Freeland & Ela Troyano: Elegy for Jean Genet

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Microscope is very pleased to present an evening of works by Tessa Hughes-Freeland and Ela Troyano including the first performance in over twenty years of their collaborative work “Elegy for Jean Genet” (1994-1997) a live expanded cinema performance dedicated to the writings of the French playwright, poet and filmmaker, and based upon a musical composition by John Zorn

The work – which debuted in the Knitting Factory in Manhattan in 1994 and later appeared at the 10th Anniversary of the MIX Festival (1996) and toured Europe with Zorn’s Tzadik record label in 1997 – involves multiple projections of Super 8mm film, 16mm film, and 35mm slides, combining original imagery with found imagery, including of 1970s gay, S&M porn, auto-erotic pleasure, and pop culture. The visual score is improvised to the four tracks of Zorn’s “Elegy” composition: “Blue”, “Yellow”, “Pink” and “Black” and footage manipulated by the artists through the use of colored gels, mirrors and other materials. 

“Tessa Hughes-Freeland and Ela Troyano’s Elegy for Jean Genet (1994-1997) takes the expanded cinema proposed by The Exploding Plastic Inevitable to new potentialities, written in collaboration with the master of musical bricolage, John Zorn, it is one of the best examples of the multi-media experience.” – Jack Sargeant, Cinema Contra Cinema, 1999

Tessa Hughes-Freeland and Ela Troyano have been collaborating on live multiple projection cinema and produced countless performances, most notably for musician John Zorn. Their collaboration with Zorn, “Playboy Voodoo” was performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the exhibition “No Wave Cinema”. For Roulette TV, Hughes-Freeland and Troyano in 2002 presented an Expanded Cinema Performance with Zorn’s “Godard”.

The film “Playboy Voodoo” (1991), also a collaboration between Hughes-Freeland & Troyano with soundtrack by John Zorn, will precede the performance. Q&A with the artists follows.

General admission $10
Members or students w/ ID $8

Full program & artist bios at www.microscopegallery.com.  Please note our new temporary entrance, which is the first door before the construction if approaching from Wyckoff.



Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 20:00
  • 1329 Willoughby Avenue, #2B
    11237   Brooklyn, New York
    United States
    Phone: +1 347 925 1433
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