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New York Counterpoint
Beta SP 28 minutes, 2002

“Fat wooden water towers, those old ladies of the rooftops, meet old ladies of the streets. Barbara Sternberg's video musical of New York!" (Rae Davis)

Three video 'portraits' of three cities. In each tape one architectural feature and one segment of the population are featured: New York's wooden water towers and old ladies; Rome's Vatican statues and nuns; Jakarta's walls and young men. Each tape and the movement of each city is set next to a piece of music; "New York Counter point" by Steve Reich, "Skyling" and "in Paradisum, part 4" by Michael J. Baker (Rome), and "Music for Mallet Instruments" by Steve Reich (Jakarta). The three tapes are independent of each other and can be seen separately.

New York Counterpoint credits
Producer/Director/Writer: Barbara Sternberg
Length: 28 minutes
Year of Production: 2002
Music: Steve Reich
Country of Production: Canada
Exhibition format: vhs, beta sp, mini dv
Preview format: vhs

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