The Z-Axis is a multi layered live audio visual performance by The Light Surgeons that fuses classic cult cinema with electronic sound scapes mixed live by DJ and audio artist Scanone.
It has been toured internationally to venues such as: The Guggenheim Art Museum in Bilbao, San Fransico Art Institute, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Villette in Paris between 2003 and 2006.
The show re-mixes the cult film “The Fountain Head”, the story of an architect who struggles to maintain his individualist ideas through his modernist designs, and famously explores the notion of the individual against society. The Fountainhead is based on the seminal book by Ayn Rand, Directed by King Vidor in 1949 and Star’s Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal & Raymond Massey.
This classic story is remixed and juxtaposed with many other cult cinematic moments; from Blade runner to Metropolis and beyond. The performance contains a rich and diverse collection of audio visual references, and incorporates TLS’ own recent collaborations with internationally renowned architect and designer Ron Arad, as well as contributions from cutting edge experimental 3D animators Lyn Fox.
Artists: Chris Allen, Robert Rainbow, Jude Greenaway
onedotzero7 + Full Length, ICA, London - 2003
Media Mix Tent, The Big Chill Festival - 2003
AVFEST, New Castle Upon Tyne - 2003
Motion Graphics, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao - 2004
AVIT US, San Francisco Art Institute - 2004
Numerique Festival, Villete Paris - 2004
Watermans Arts Centre, London - 2004
Sonic arts centre, Belfast - 2004
onedotzero_stockholm, Moderna Museet – 2005
Future Cinema, London Film Festival – 2005
Elektra Digital Arts Festival, Montreal - 2006
Architecture Week, Bradford – 2006