New York Counterpoint
2002, 28:00 minutes, colour
Three video 'portraits' of three cities: New York, USA, city of persistence and perseverance; Rome, Italy,city of light; Jakarta, Indonesia, city of patient smiles. In each tape one architectural feature and one segment of the population are featured: 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 Counter point" by Steve Reich, "Skyling" and "in Paradisum, part 4" by Michael J. Baker (Rome), and "Music for Mallet Instruments" by Steve Reich (Jakarta). The three tapes are independent of each other and can be seen separately.
"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 on 'New York Counterpoint'
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