Join us on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00pm to celebrate NIGHT II of MONO XI, part of Mono No Aware's annual film festival promoting connectivity through the cinematic experience.
Hosted at Red Bull Arts New York, NIGHT II of MONO XI presents LUNG-TA OF FILM: THE FACE OF THE OTHER (LE VISAGE D’AUTRUI) × IN BEAUTY MAY YOU WALK, a multi-projection performance by Manoshi Chitra Neogy (vocal), Xuezi Zhang and Scott Endsley (percussions). The program includes expanded cinema projections featuring 16mm, 35mm and HD with installations and live performances. Visit Mono No Aware’s website to learn more about the other locations and venues, running from December 5-9, 2019.
About the film:
“Lung-ta of Film” began with a vision: a film strip exposed with ethical awareness and reverence carries the spiritual valence as one of those strings of fabrics found on high mountains, embedded with prayers that are received only in constant motion. “Lung-ta,” the Tibetan word meaning “wind horse,” is the symbolic name of prayer flags and the flowing spirit in the movement of the wind.
“The Face of the Other” (referred to as “The Other”) began its making in the heat of the immigration crisis and was initially influenced by Emmanuel Levinas’s writings of ethical metaphysics. Stung by the situation and the mass reactions that eerily carry a danger of reductiveness, the creation of the piece started with the contemplation on alterity – the irreducibility of an other human (autrui), and thus the other’s infinity – and responsibility, which to Levinas is the command of a face-to-face relation to the other that is the most primordial datum of human experience.
“In Beauty May You Walk” (referred to as “Beauty”) completes “The Other” both structurally and metaphorically, reevaluating “native” and “immigrant,” “ownership” and “otherness.” It is a visual reflection of the poetry and music of Manoshi Chitra Neogy titled “Beauty” (from album “Wood Orchid,” produced by Scott Endsley), originating from a Navajo night prayer. “Beauty” – “Hozho” in the Navajo language – refers to a state of humanity and a state of the universe.
The screening will be concluded and expanded with a multi-projection installation and live performance of Manoshi Chitra Neogy (vocal), Xuezi Zhang and Scott Endsley (percussions). All profits made will be donated to Asylum Access, Native American Rights Fund, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, and Fronterizo Fianza Fund.
LUNG-TA OF FILM: THE FACE OF THE OTHER (LE VISAGE D’AUTRUI) × IN BEAUTY MAY YOU WALK was commissioned and received full production support from Mono No Aware.