30 May 1997
New York pre-show - Art restoration.
New York pre-show - Art restoration. The screen is back and working for the art capital of the USA - there's a new video piece for "Hold Me Thrill Me" and the Any Warhol animated Monroes comes into its own.
A month on the road and we arrive at the big New York shows. New York shows so big they had to have them in New Jersey. The first Giants Stadium show is tomorrow night, but I went out there this evening to make sure all was well. I had heard good reports of the screen's restoration to full health after the Great Washington Monsoon took away many of its pixels, but I wanted to see it for myself.
Indeed, all was well and I took a look at the new video piece for Hold Me Thrill Me - the "PopMartyrs" as we are calling it. A tasteful array of pop-colored corpses - people killed by fame. Its a good looking sequence and should add a sting to the end of the song. I put Ziggy Stardust in there as kind of an inside joke for those who might notice. Ziggy was after all the ultimate pop star. It also gets the animated Warhol Marilyns back in an interesting way. Catherine Owens (Curator of the Screen Imagery) had instructed me on pain of death to get the Marilyn Monroe piece back into the show, given that half of the staff of the Andy Warhol Foundation are coming to the opening night's show at Giant's Stadium.
The other new arrivals of the evening were the four giant disco lights ("periscope heads") to go in the audience for Discotheque and perhaps a couple of other moments too. They really are spectacularly tacky, though having a complete package of control software to go with them wouldn't have been a bad idea. This is the eternal problem with inventing new pieces of gear yourself - they don't come with instructions. I'm sure we will get them doing something interesting though...