The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

TONIGHT! Last chance to see the 2019 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. At 7:30pm, “We Haunt You While You Watch”! a sonic, visual experience...

The 26th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival concludes the season with a multi-media talk and screening of "The Hum" (2018) by Kristen Gallerneaux. The event will include a reading from High Static, Dead Lines: Sonic Spectres & the Object Hereafter (2018, Strange Attractor Press/MIT and screening of The Hum (2018, Kristen Gallerneaux, USA, B&W, 25 min, in English).

The evening begins with a multimedia reading from High Static, Dead Lines, a literary mixtape that explores the entwined boundaries between sound, material culture, landscape and esoteric belief.  This will feature glitchy video visuals and a score of original ambient compositions and recall an upbringing surrounded by supernatural superstition and sonic experience - and then dive into the ghostly crosstalk of television piracy, late night sign-offs, and test patterns. Next, a screening of "The Hum." Not everyone can “hear” the Hum, but the vibroacoustic effects of infrasound causes victims to describe it as something that is felt more than heard. "The Hum" reconstructs a visual and sonic impression of the spatial, psychic-industrial, and physiological effects of this mysterious event. The soundtrack samples interviews with the Hum-afflicted, field recordings of the phenomena, and “sonified” local dirt with the use of an analog synthesizer—in sonic solidarity with the environment.

Introduction by Shawn Shimpach, UMass

Discussion with the author/director will follow.

All Events FREE and Open to the Public

The film and talk will take place at 7:30PM on Wednesday, April 24, in the Isenberg Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137), UMass Amherst.

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