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Wed, March 20, 9:15pm

“People’s Park” & Live Performance with Ernst Karel

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

A single-shot documentary, directed by Libbie Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki (co-director of Foreign Parts), People’s Park immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through a famous urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The film explores the dozens of moods, rhythms and pockets of performance coexisting in tight proximity within the park’s prismatic social space, capturing waltzing couples, mighty sycamores, karaoke singers, and buzzing cicadas. Preceded by a live audio performance (approx 30 min) by sound artist and composer Ernst Karel, who constructed the rich soundtrack for People’s Park.

Ernst Karel works in the areas of electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film and video, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Recent films and video for which he did the sound edit and mix include People's Park, Yumen, Manakamana, and Leviathan (screening Thursday 3/21).

A collaborative audio and video work, Single Stream, will be exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York from July to November 2013.


Sponsored by:

Community Partners: UM Center for Chinese Studies, UM Confucius Institute


Films Showing:

People’s Park

(Libbie D. Cohn, J.P. Sniadecki, 2012) 78 min

“A walk through the park like no other, this brilliantly joyous conceptual documentary takes the vivid reality of an urban park: People’s Park in Chengdu, Sichuan, and, with a pure...