TransCentury Update No.3



Hearing the name Carla Bozulich alone is enough to make her voice slide into your ear drums. She describes her vocal range as a »hard rock mountain with a hot marshmallow center« ― it's deep, tenacious and of a distinctively expressive quality. Carla has had numerous adventures with genres that hardly accommodated her husky, bluesy vocals. In her solo work and various side projects (such as Evangelista), the multi-instrumentalist is now mostly focusing on avantgarde soundscapes, improvisations and various conceptual assaults on cosy pop rock. As a »worshipper of the drone«, today will see her take on the New Age masterpiece Heaven on Earth Magic whose plot is, like so many of Harry Smith's films, deeply encrypted with cinematic symbolism. With the help of Cutout animations which see pieces of photography and paper figures move across the screen, the plot is divided into two parts and tells the story of »the heroine's toothache consequent to the loss of a very valuable watermelon, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. Next follows an elaborate exposition of the heavenly land, in terms of Israel, Montreal and the second part depicts the return to Earth from being eaten by Max Muller on the day Edward the Seventh dedicated the Great Sewer of London« (quote taken from William E.B. Verone's 2011 »The Avant-Garde Feature Film«). We will be screening a 16mm-copy of the Film-Makers' Coperative (New York).