13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol Screen Tests

Multimedia Concert

13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests was première in 2008 and jointly commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

Songwriters, Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, formerly of Luna and currently with Dean & Britta, have composed music for a selection of Warhol’s four-minute, silent film portraits, the Screen Tests, which will take the form of a multimedia performance featuring large scale video projection of the Screen Tests above the musicians performing live on stage.

The Screen Tests' four-minute black-and-white silent film portraits from the 1960s were used as part of the light show for Warhol's 1966 multimedia happening, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which showcased the radical art rock of the Velvet Underground. Dean & Britta probe the subtle nuances of mood reflected in the Screen Tests' portraits, lyrically and musically illuminating the shadowed psyches of the candidates for Factory Superstardom who willingly submitted to Warhol’s cool cinematic gaze.

This program contains screen tests featuring: Ann Buchanan, Paul America, Edie Sedgwick, Billy Name, Susan Bottomly, Dennis Hopper, Mary Woronov, Freddy Herko, Nico, Richard Rheem, Ingrid Superstar, Lou Reed (Coke), Jane Holzer (Toothbrush)

Running time : 60 minutes

UPCOMING DATES

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PAST DATES

  • 2015-07-07 00:00:00 - Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz - France
  • 2013-02-16 00:00:00 - The MAC, Belfast - UK
  • 2011-04-22 00:00:00 - Le Lieu Unique, Nantes - France
  • 2011-04-19 00:00:00 - Cité de la Musique, Paris - France
  • 2010-10-07 00:00:00 2010-10-08 00:00:00 - La Filature - Scène nationale, Mulhouse - France
  • 2010-10-05 00:00:00 - Hellerau - European Center for the Arts, Dresde - Germany
  • 2010-07-30 00:00:00 - Barbican, London - UK
  • 2010-05-22 00:00:00 - Art Rock, Saint-Brieuc - France
  • 2010-05-19 00:00:00 2010-05-20 00:00:00 - , Bilbao - Spain
  • 2010-04-19 00:00:00 - Cité Internationale de la Musique, Paris - France
  • 2010-03-06 00:00:00 2010-03-08 00:00:00 - WOMADelaide, Adelaide - Australia
  • 2010-03-02 00:00:00 2010-03-06 00:00:00 - NZIAF New Zealand International Arts Festival, Wellington - New Zealand
  • 2010-02-27 00:00:00 - SOH Concerthall, Sydney - Australia
  • 2010-02-12 00:00:00 2010-02-14 00:00:00 - Perth International Arts Festival, Perth - Australia

CREDITS

Composed and performed by Dean & Britta
Vocals, guitars: Dean Wareham
Vocals, bass: Britta Phillips

Keyboards, guitars : tbc
Drums, bass, acoustic guitar, samples: tbc
Production Design : Clear Story Creative
Lighting Designer : Rob Long

Video : Andy Warhol, Screen Tests, 16mm film, black and white, silent, 4 minutes at 16 frames per second.
Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
©2008 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.

The project is jointly commissioned by The Warhol and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008 and was developed by The Warhol staff members :
Associate Curator for Performance : Ben Harrison
Curator of Film and Video : Geralyn Huxley
Assistant Curator of Film and Video : Greg Pierce