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Joshua Frankel: PLAN OF THE CITY

“Gorgeous”-New Yorker

Streaming Museum exhibited Joshua Frankel’s PLAN OF THE CITY in NYC, Dubai, Norway

PLAN OF THE CITY (2011) by Joshua Frankel Composer, Judd Greenstein, performed by NOW Ensemble (13:00)

PLAN OF THE CITY is an animated film, conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel, about the architecture of New York City and Shanghai blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars. The film’s visuals are an animated collage combining live action footage, animated elements, illustrations and treated photographs, including photos taken by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity made available to the public domain by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The film was created in collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein and NOW Ensemble, an acclaimed “indie classical” chamber ensemble, and they are featured prominently in the film as live actors set inside the animated framework. The audio of the film consists solely of Greenstein’s composition CHANGE, performed by NOW Ensemble. The music and film were created in parallel, each expressing its own artistic intention while simultaneously serving its “sibling”.

The film has been presented with the music performed live at the Library Of Congress’ On LOCation performing arts series, at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at BAM and at Le Poisson Rouge and the Winter Garden in New York City. It has also been exhibited at the London Institute of Contemporary Art, UN World Urban Forum, and onedotzero. NOW Ensemble has recorded CHANGE for New Amsterdam Records.

PLAN OF THE CITY has been made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and is the winner of the Arch Film Lund award.


“One of the best matches of visuals to music I have seen.” – Anne Midgette, Washington Post

“Gorgeous.”– Alex Ross, New Yorker critic


Plan of the City tour with Streaming Museum:

Art Dubai and Sikka Art Fair, Dubai March 17, 19, 21, 2014 Utsikten Kunstsenter, Norway, February 22 – March 22, 2014 Composers Now Festival, NYC, February 1 – 28, 2014


Composers Now celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Composers will be in attendance at all events and will be interacting with audiences.

Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the ASCAP Foundation, the Cheswatyr Foundation and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.


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