I’m thrilled to report, my first 3D film, “130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramovic” is an official selection of The Sundance Film Festival. See you in January Park City!
In “130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović” Matthu Placek sets Abramović in the center of an expansive, crumbling building that will become the Marina Abramović Institute, a space serving as the performance artist’s legacy and marked with history. As the camera pans out, figure and environment fuse, invoking the arc of the artist’s life, her transitional state, and the promise of renewal. Placek commissioned an original score based on an ancient Greek song, translated and recorded by Serbian singer Svetlana Spajic and arranged by music producer Thomas Bartlett that recalls the cycle of birth, maturity, decay, and rebirth.
“130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović” is Placek’s debut work in his series of 3D video portraits. The moving portraits extend Placek’s ongoing pursuit to immortalize his subjects’ past, present, and future in a single composition. Shot in one take and without dialogue, these short films offer rare, uninterrupted moments with artists as they interact with surroundings meaningful to each of them. 3D cinematography enhances the intimacy of the vignettes, further collapsing the space between the viewer and the subjects’ essential natures.
Director MATTHU PLACEK moved to New York City from Ohio in 1997 to study photography. Since then, he has cultivated his interests in the performing and fine arts through collaborating with notable contemporary artists such as Marina Abramović, Vanessa Beecroft, Jonah Bokaer, Terence Koh, Brice Marden, Yoko Ono, Richard Prince, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, and Dana Shutz. Placek’s individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, The Kitchen, Deitch Projects, Mary Boone Gallery, and Galleria Lia Rumma. “130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović” marks the international premiere of Matthu Placek’s first major work.
Subject MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ is the internationally celebrated pioneer of performance art who was the subject of a blockbuster retrospective in 2010 at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She is best known for works that explore the physical limitations of the body, as well as the body’s potential to be a vehicle for spiritual transformation.
Executive Producers VisionaireFILM (Cecilia Dean, James Kaliardos, and Adam Whitney Nichols) is a new venture of Visionaire, the “creative think tank” behind the collectible limited-edition art and fashion publication that features internationally renowned artists, photographers, filmmakers, and cultural icons. Since 1991, Visionaire has been working with the highest caliber of talent across every medium, breaking the rules for over 20 years. With “130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović”, Visionaire launches its film division, taking what they have done in print to the moving image. VisionaireFILM presents “130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović” in association with Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National YoungArts Foundation.
Behind the scenes of my shoot with Yoko Ono photographed by James Kaliardos on August 21st 2012 in Central Park
Over the past month I have been wrangling a few friends to perform a concert for my birthday on November 19th. When Sandy came crashing through I decided to switch gears and turn the birthday concert into a benefit. Last week, I headed out to the Rockaways with the ’RSR” Renegade Sandy Relief to lend a hand. There is much work ahead for the Rockaways and the RSR needs our help to ensure they can continue their relief efforts in the coming months.
It is my goal to raise a minimum of $10K on Monday, November 19th for the RSR with YOUR help!
Please join me for a star studded line up at the Top of the Standard with host MX. JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, musical direction by THOMAS BARTLETT and performances by New York’s finest, including none other than SANDRA BERNHARD!
If you can not attend, donations in any amount are welcome and can be made HERE.
MATTHU PLACEK PRESENTS
A PRIVATE CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE
RENEGADE SANDY RELIEF
MX. JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND
With performances by
HANNAH COHEN, ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, ANGELA DI CARLO, BRIDGET EVERETT, JAMES KALIARDOS, JOSEPH KECKLER, CLARA KENNEDY, TAYLOR MAC, SCOTT MATTHEW, LADY RIZO, TRIXIE WHITLEY
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012
TOP OF THE STANDARD
442 WEST 13TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10014
$50 IN ADVANCE
$75 AT THE DOOR
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You know that Martha Wainwright video I made… well, here’s how I made it! By conducting a small army! Many thanks to the incredible Nica Ross who filmed and edited this behind the scenes film.
My latest video premieres today on NOWNESS. Martha Wainwright performs Proserpina, the last song her late mother Kate McGarrigle wrote before her passing in 2010. The single will be available on iTunes September 3rd.
Behind the Scenes with Thomas Bartlett and Friends for V MAGAZINE.
A COLLEGE DROPOUT WITH MUSICAL AMBITIONS, PERFORMER AND PRODUCER THOMAS BARTLETT HAS BECOME A TRUSTED COLLABORATOR OF BOTH ROCK STARS AND RISING TALENTS
Photography Matthu Placek
Text T. Cole Rachel
The first time I met Thomas Bartlett, we shared a bottle of Yoko Ono’s champagne in a hotel room in Oslo, Norway. As first-meeting scenarios go, it’s a pretty good one—and actually quite fitting, considering his line of work. Among New York City’s most sought-after musicians, Bartlett often finds himself in pricey hotel rooms in foreign countries at the behest of whichever musical icon he happens to be working with. Back in 2006, he was playing in Ono’s band at the Oya Festival and I was still a newbie music journalist. Some six years later, he remains a respected accompanist for a large coterie of musicians, but these days that is but one of his many fashionable hats. Also sought-after as a producer, a recording artist (he releases his own music under the moniker of Doveman), and a curator of New York’s still-vibrant downtown scene, he clearly has a knack for bringing people together.
For the full story from V78 The Youthquake Issue, CLICK HERE. For additional images exclusive to VMagazine.com, click below.
Justin Vivian Bond
Trixie Whitley & Thomas Bartlett