1981-1990ExperimentalTom BowesUSAVideo Art

Tom Bowes – The Kitchen Presents Two Moon July (1986)

This video is an ensemble piece that contains a collection of experimental performance art pieces by various performers. The entire video takes place in The Kitchen, an enormous artist’s loft in the midst of New York City. All the performance pieces are what could be considered Avant-garde in nature, though that term has fallen out of use today in order to make way for the more pedestrian and commonplace whitewash term of alternative; however, when this video was created, the style and feel of each of these pieces was more intentionally risk-filled and groundbreaking than what we see today as is the nature with the ideals of the avant-garde–I don’t think the term alternative had been coined and/or abused as yet, people were still saying New Wave or Punk or using terms even more inaccurate and less flattering. Don’t get me wrong, these differing pieces are new and experimental concepts in art but all are carefully rehearsed and well scripted, there is some, but very little improvisation on the whole. The highlights of the Two Moon July video are performances by Laurie Anderson, a manic, running commentary on newspapers, media and film by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, and a rare performance of an absolutely beautiful piano piece entitled Mad Rush by Phillip Glass. Lastly, yet least importantly, the video quality of the actual video footage is clear and crisp but rather glossy overall, it’s hotlit in places and resembles the tone and texture of a daytime soap opera, it looks low budget and probably was produced for very little money but this can easily be overlooked when considering the rarity of some of the performances contained within; many of these artists and performers had made a name for themselves in New York before the release of this video and many others were known worldwide by people who have followed the avant-garde scene but it is the rarity of some of the performances on this documentary-style video and the sheer number of artists involved that should make it appealing to anyone who would like to experience an interesting amalgam of artistic sound and vision. I believe that Two Moon July, eventually, will be considered an avant-garde video classic to be much emulated yet never matched.

Two Moon July (1986) [LDRIP].mkv

Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	53 min 46 s
Size: 	767 MiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	698x480 ~> 698x523
Aspect ratio:  	4:3
Frame rate: 	23.976 fps
Bit rate: 	1 800 kb/s
BPP: 	0.224
#1:  	2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s



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