Exposed: Songs For Unseen Warhol Films

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Exposed: Songs For Unseen Warhol Films, taking place at The Barbican on Monday 16 May. 

Providing a revealing snapshot of Andy Warhol’s New York in the 1960s, fifteen previously unseen short films by the artist are given new live scores by musicians involved in and influenced by that scene – including Tom Verlaine(Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500), Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter).

Premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music, each film paints a portrait of a figure from that time – many of whom have left their mark on Western art and culture, from artist Marcel Duchamp to actress Edie Sedgewick and beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. The slow motion speed at which Warhol projected them gives the feeling of a distant memory, whilst the vivid colours, digitally preserved, and reminiscent of Warhol’s own pop art, give the viewer a strong sensory experience.