Thursday, May 21, 2015

See Alexis Gideon's Animated Opera The Crumbling at MOCA

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Combining jolted stop motion animation with a musical narrative, multi-media artist Alexis Gideon has become known internationally for his unique video art and now you have the opportunity to catch one of his works at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art.

Gideon's 21-minute animated musical The Crumbling will be on view for a special one-time event at MOCA. The short film's story follows an apprentice librarian attempting to keep her city from crumbling around her. The film has an interesting mystic motif as well, incorporating mythologies and beliefs from 19th century occult to ancient Egyptian to 16th century alchemy.

The dialogue of The Crumbling happens completely in song, which Gideon performs live at each screening along with the projected video, so it really is as much of a performance art piece as it is video art.

You can see The Crumbling at MOCA, located at 265 S. Church Ave., on Saturday, May 23. The screening begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members of MOCA and $5 for non-members.

Here's some of Gideon's innovative work:

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