Gil Scott-Heron Video Shown as Exhibit at MoMA
This past weekend, an "audiovisual remix" of legendary soul singer/poet Gil Scott-Heron's song, 'New York Is Killing Me,' was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The "visual remix" was created by acclaimed director Chris Cunningham, who previously helmed classic videos for Bjork and Aphex Twin, and projected across three screens at the museum.
Scott-Heron's music has been highly influential in the hip hop community, and he has been sampled by artists from Grand Puba and Mos Def to Kanye West. He is best known for his song 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' a message later revisited by artists like Talib Kweli and Common. 'New York Is Killing Me' appeared on Heron's thirteenth album, 'I'm New Here.' Released by XL Recordings earlier this year, the critically lauded comeback was Heron's first studio album in sixteen years.
Chris Cunningham recently produced two songs for U.K. band the Horrors, created an audiovisual remix for Grace Jones, and is currently working on an entire audiovisual album.