Live cinema performance that remixes and rescores the classic Hollywood film The Fountain Head to explore the polemical politics of the left and right

The Z-Axis is a multi-layered live audio visual performance that fuses cult cinema with the electronic sound scapes of DJ and audio artist Scanone. The show is essentially a audio visual remix of the classic Hollywood film “The Fountain Head”, which tells the story of an architect who struggles to maintain his individualist ideas through his modernist designs and famously explores the notion of the individual against society, or capitalism verses communism. The Fountainhead is based on the seminal book by Ayn Rand as was directed by acclaimed film maker King Vidor in 1949, Staring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal & Raymond Massey.

This classic story is remixed and juxtaposed with many other cult cinematic moments that explore these themes of architecture and modernity; from Blade runner to Metropolis and beyond.

The performance contains a rich and diverse collection of audio visual references and incorporates TLS’s own recent collaborations with internationally renowned architect and designer Ron Arad, as well as contributions from other cutting edge experimental 3D animators like Lyn Fox.

As a live cinema performance it has toured internationally to venues including: The Guggenheim Art Museum in Bilbao, San Fransico Art Institute, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Villette in Paris between 2003 and 2006.

International Touring:

onedotzero7 + Full Length, ICA, London – 2003
Media Mix Tent, The Big Chill Festival – 2003
AVFEST, New Castle Upon Tyne – 2003
Motion Graphics, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – 2004
AVIT US, San Francisco Art Institute – 2004
Numerique Festival, Villete Paris – 2004
Watermans Arts Centre, London – 2004
Sonic arts centre, Belfast – 2004
onedotzero_stockholm, Moderna Museet – 2005
Future Cinema, London Film Festival – 2005
Elektra Digital Arts Festival, Montreal – 2006
Architecture Week, Bradford – 2006

Collaborating Audio-Visual Artists:

Christopher Thomas Allen
Robert Rainbow
Jude Greenaway

Video directed by Christopher Thomas Allen
Animation by Blinkinlab

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