Date: Wednesday, February 24th
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY
An amalgam of somnambulism, murder, and madness, the film features the menacing Conrad Veidt as Cesare, a catatonic fortuneteller under the sway of the malevolent mesmerist Caligari, played by the bespectacled Werner Krauss. A scheming, bent-over mountebank, Caligari stows away the wraithlike Cesare inside of a wooden box when not displaying him in his carnival sideshow. But suspicion falls upon the gruesome pair when nocturnal murder visits the town.
“The Cabinet of Dr Caligari” will be presented in all of its analog splendor on 16mm film. If it seems hard in modern times to put oneself back in the mindset of what the film’s original audience must have experienced back in 1919 we are indebted to the presence of a live score performed by the inimitable M.V. Carbon. The foreboding sonic palette of her music is the perfect counterpart to the uncanny visuals of this strange masterwork of expressionist cinema. Rather than seeming a quaint curio of the silent era the film is thus brought to life as a work of gripping, unsettling dread.
M.V. Carbon is a Brooklyn based composer and sound artist who is recognized for her non-traditional approach to music. She plays cello and other stringed instruments through electronics, and uses tape machines, vocals, electronic processes, analog synthesis, frequency, tone, and imagery to remove obstacles while inducing physical commotion.
She started her music career in Chicago with projects such as the electronic noise duo, Metalux (Hanson, Load, Rampage, 5RC) and the mysterious shrouded 4 piece known as Bride of No No. (Atavistic Records). She relocated to the New York City area in 2005 and has continued writing and performing with Metalux (MV Carbon and Jenny Gräf Sheppard), while focusing on her solo work. Carbon’s solo record The Dislodged Perihelion is released on Ecstatic Peace (US), and her forthcoming LP, The Sun Will Turn on You, was recently released on Discombobulate Records (UK).http://mvcarbon.com/
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.