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I was thinking I’m too busy this year to do the film grant honoring the late great Sarah Jacobson, but then Katie Bradshaw, who has helped out with the grant for several years now, said “Hell no! The grant is more important now than it’s ever been!” And it’s true. So we’re doing it!

Apply Now – Deadline is May 21.

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Had the great honor and pleasure recently of filming Terry Riley at his ranch in Northern California for the Untiled Kronos Project.

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I made a new VR piece with Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Urbanized) about Buckminster Fuller and his signature creation – the geodesic dome. We shot “This is What the Future Looked Like” at some of the great extant domes in North America, including the Montreal Expo 67 dome and the dome that Fuller built and lived in in Carbondale, Illinois. The piece is a meditation on design, the utopian impulse, and the virtual reality form itself.

Original music by Yo La Tengo and additional music by Todd Griffin.

“This is What the Future Looked Like” premiered at the True/False Film Fest in March and will screen all over the place this year.

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We interviewed Tanya Tagaq this week for my Kronos Quartet live cinema project.

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If you don’t know Tanya’s work, she is an Innuit throat singer who has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet many times over the years. She is an absolutely mesmerizing and stunning performer and, on top of that, she is righteous in her politics and a fascinating thinker about music and life. Thrilled to have her presence and voice in this film.

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Here’s a great photo of legendary composer, Steve Reich, and me. Last week, I interviewed him for my upcoming Untitled Kronos Project collaboration with the Kronos Quartet.

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I wrote an essay for the catalog of “Explode Every Day,” a new exhibit about wonder at MASS MoCA. The exhibit was curated by MASS MoCA’s Denise Markonish and artist Sean Foley. Wonder is something I’m quite interested in and they asked me to write about anything I wanted to on the topic. I ended up writing an essay on the photos of The Guinness Book of Records, which have always struck me as celebrations of the sense of wonder.

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I’m thrilled to be an artist in residence at the Wexner Center this year. I’ve been a fan of the Wex since 1996 when they invited me to come online my first film The Rainbow Man/John 3:16 there. That was in the old days of videotape when getting access to editing equipment was a big challenge! I’ve been back to the Wexner Center many times since over the years, to screen films and also to work in the Art and Tech lab. It’s a big honor and also a huge boost that they are supporting my new live cinema project with the Kronos Quartet.

We look forward to screening the piece there in 2018.

terry-riley-in-milan-sept-2016I had breakfast with Terry Riley recently in Milan. He was in town doing a concert. It was a huge pleasure to spend time with him and also super helpful in my Kronos Quartet research. Terry Riley is central to the story of Kronos – they’ve collaborated for more than 35 years. Working on this project I’ve gone thru his music closely and have been knocked out by how good it is as well as what an interesting career he’s had.