Release

15 Mar - 30 Nov 2010
00:00:00 - 00:00:00
Eastern State Penitentiary

Release

Eastern State Penitentiary March 15–November 30, 2010 Opening Reception: May 14, 2010, 5:30–7:30 p.m.Programs: September 10, 8 p.m. Bill Morrison's Film *DECASIA*September 11, 8 p.m.[ Vijay Iyer on Piano](http://www.livearts-fringe.org/details.cfm?id=12754)[Watch a film clip of Release on Eastern State Penitentiary's Web site](http://www.easternstate.org/exhibits/morrison-video.php)[Listen to Lawrence Weschler’s interview with Bill Morrison and Vijay Iyer on Eastern State Penitentiary's Web site](http://www.easternstate.org/exhibits/morrison-audio.php)From the ESP Web site:*Release*, created by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Vijay Iyer and curated by Julie Courtney, corresponds to the 80th anniversary of Capone’s release from the Eastern State Penitentiary. This project is a first-time collaboration between Morrison and Iyer, both renowned artists in their own fields. It also marks the first time that archival footage of the penitentiary has been used in an art installation.The footage, never before seen by the public, shows a crowd outside the prison walls anticipating the release of Al Capone from Eastern State Penitentiary. In actuality, he was released before the crowd assembled. Morrison’s edit of the archival footage takes the first audible line, "The crowd seems to be getting bigger and bigger all the time," and builds on it, expanding the clip in both directions until it reveals at first a large crowd, then a desolate street, and finally the looming building overhead. Iyer’s surround-sound composition is built around Morrison’s cut. The real-world sounds in the found footage, including old–fashioned engines and car horns, horses’ hooves, male voices, and a paperboy’s sing-song, gradually transform into musical events that amplify the hypnotic structure of the film.