The Residents present Shadowland
THEORY OF OBSCURITY: FILM SCREENING
Fri, May 6, 2016
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pmCrescent Ballroom
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experimental music for nearly forty years. In addition to their
groundbreaking work in the areas of trance, world fusion, electronica, punk, industrial and lounge music, the group has also been credited
with being among the originators of performance art and music video.
Two of their videos are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and their Freak Show CD-Rom was recently featured in MoMA’s “Looking at Music 3.0” exhibition.
Their four decade long career has also taken them into the world of film and television music, having scored several episodes of the PEE WEE HERMAN SHOW, HUNTERS (for the Discovery Channel), THE CENSUS TAKER (1985), HEAVEN (1987), CONCEIVING ADA (1997), CONDO PAINTING
(1997), THOMAS PYNCHON - A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND (2001), INVESTIGATION INTO THE INVISIBLE WORLD (2002) and STRANGE CULTURE (2007) as well as
several projects for MTV.
Having already released ten DVDs, and a 60 episode internet
series, The Residents are also thriving in the world of digital media. In addition, they recently completed a 70 date world tour, titled The Talking Light, from January, 2010 - April 2011. In 2012 The Residents celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
THEORY OF OBSCURITY: A FILM ABOUT THE RESIDENTS tells the story of, well, The Residents: a renegade sound and video collective from San Francisco. Their story spans more than 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. They always perform wearing masks and costumes, which is part of their magic.
Fortunately for us, The Residents have a management company, The Cryptic Corporation, which allowed director Don Hardy and his crew unprecedented access to the groups’ archival materials and recent world tour celebrating their 40th anniversary. The Cryptic Corporation is led by two men: Hardy W. Fox and Homer Flynn. They both speak on behalf of The Residents, though both men deny that they are, in fact, members of the group.
The Residents have always played by their own rules. They’ve released more than 60 albums, and their stage shows are legendary works of art. The filmmakers followed them on their most recent world tour and saw first-hand how the legions of fans turned out to support them in venues like the Barbican in London and the Burg Theatre in Vienna. Old, young, men and women - turns out there are weirdos everywhere!
The Residents are more than a band that plays strange music though: they are multimedia pioneers. They led the way in home recording, video production, animation, CD-Rom, laserdisc, podcasts and web-series. They were also one of the pioneering groups in the music video revolution. Their short films were in heavy rotation during MTV’s early days and they are now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.