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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"The Water and the Blood" screens for free at the High on Saturday

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  • Courtesy High Museum/Micah Stansell
On Saturday night, July 28, beginning at dusk, Atlanta filmmaker Micah Stansell's kaleidoscopic work The Water and the Blood will screen for free at the High Museum. Or rather on the High Museum to be more precise.

Stansell's multi-channel film, which tells the interlocking stories of five characters in the rural South, has been specially formatted for projection on the white exterior walls of the High via eight powerful projectors situated on the roofs surrounding the Woodruff Arts Center's Sifly Piazza. The event is free and open to the public.

An image from The Water and the Blood by Micah Stansell
When the work was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, a writer for Art in America wrote that The Water and the Blood ”explores the way in which information is pieced together to create a narrative. Rather than develop a plot, Stansell constructs character sketches and allows viewers to connect the dots.”

This will be the work's largest presentation yet, with projections spanning a total of over 350 feet: the score will play in the piazza and via audio options available for streaming into viewers' cellphones.

The screening is part of the High’s Culture Shock: Homegrown event, which will celebrate the work of a variety of Southern artists. Although the projection is free, most of the other work is inside the museum, which will be charging its normal admission. The night will feature music from The Whiskey Gentry and Ashanti “the mad violinist” Floyd and will also highlight exhibitions currently on display in the galleries, including Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals from Talladega College, Picturing New York/Picturing the South, and Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley. For more information about Culture Shock, visit the High Museum.

Video of MOCA-GA's presentation of The Water and the Blood:

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