could still smell coco butter the
night Bauhaus and Circus
Morte played. I
had just returned from an aborted
Hawaiian escapade with my sister.
from the VJ's Diary:
arrived back in NY disoriented and sunburned.
made it hard to see or focus. For once
for the ambient
from the photographers
in the crowd!
the show was
on video. Apparently the used tapestock had
Re-scanning and playing with
I was able to surf the signals and catch
a wave of imagery. The sound is impeccable.
by little, I chiseled out
some beautiful fragments and
pieced some of it together. Here is a short
shot the concerts near
or on the stage in
stereo with one or 2 cameras, depending
on who I could recruit from
the dancefloor. This was
before MTV, before music-video
clips, and I improvised a
constant flow of visuals
with video, live camera and
film loops to interpret the
the bands played, that was
my official break. My friend
Charlie Libin who first invited
me to Hurrah would sometimes
videotape the bands if they
could afford it. He has some
really excellent recordings.
One night one of my favorite
bands was playing, Pere Ubu,
but nobody was recording him.
I felt bad that there would
not be a trace, and decided
from then on I would record
all the bands when I was there
if they were willing, and hope
to find projects to do one
day with the footage. That
was how my collection started.
approached the camerawork and
production with a particular
attitude, the visual composition
is a dynamic interpretation of
the sound as well as the play
of light, the study of people.
is a performance to validate
every moment, not a series of
fixed compositions...but one
flowing composition. I encouraged
the volunteers to shoot the same
way. The music is the director,
and the video is a testimony
to an engagement
with the music.
This photo taken by EUGENE MERINOV shows
the average conditions of filming the
performances at HURRAH. Note the hand-held
Panosonic video camera which has a cable
that runs 100 feet to the soundboard
in the center of the club. Sometimes
people stepped on it and I was yanked
around like a marionette on a string,
but most of the cable was taped out of
the way against the wall.
more excellent photos of shows at Hurrah
and a great number of other venues of the
period, visit the site of EUGENE
fill the void of image to accompany the
DJ music, I recorded hours of experimental
footage by making scratch animation and
projected film film loops on surfaces and
people. This was then intercut with a growing
collection of stock footage. Visiting
artists were also featured on special
nights. The club became a real alternatate
outlet for video artists and filmmakers.