New York Counterpoint

Barbara Sternberg

2002, 28:00 minutes, colour


"Fat wooden water towers, those old ladies of the rooftops, meet old ladies of the streets. Barbara Sternberg's video musical to New York!" - Rae Davis

New York Counterpoint is one of three video 'portraits' of three cities. The other two titles are:

(Rome) Skyling on about Rome, Italy, the city of light
Jakarta, on Jakarta, Indonesia, the city of patient smiles

Each tape features one architectural feature and one segment of the population: New York's wooden water towers and old ladies; Rome's Vatican statues and nuns; Jakarta's walls and young men.

Each tape and the movement of each city is set next to a piece of music;
New York Counterpoint: "New York Counterpoint" by Steve Reich,
(Rome) Skyling: "Skyling" and "in Paradisum, part 4" by Michael J. Baker
Jakarta: "Music for Mallet Instruments" by Steve Reich

The three tapes are independent of each other and can be seen separately.

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