The Museum of the Moving Image Debuts Its New Look at "Signal to Noise"

Yasha Wallin

Two years and $67 million later, the Museum of the Moving Image reopened its doors this weekend after a major renovation, expansion, and reprogramming of the 23-year-old institution. Last night was the official launch party "Signal To Noise", featuring a "three ring circus" of events, and enough on the line-up to satiate even the most ADD-riddled of attendees. As early as 8 p.m., when the revelry kicked off, people had wrapped around the block waiting to get in. Inside, the crowd was notably young-unabashedly dancing into the early morning to the sounds of DJ Small Change, Electric Sheep and Queens's own laptop rock-rap band Project Jenny, Project Jan.

Other live acts included Nick Yulman's rendition as a one-man orchestra playing his own score to endearing silent films from the 1900s; Victoria Keddie's projections of found Kodachrome film of home movies, instructional clips, landscapes and other "chance oddities" were accompanied by a soundtrack produced from a Morse code transmitter, an analog recorder and a violin; and
Sweatshoppe, who generated a range of colorful imagery using computer programming and an LED paint roller.

With performances by over 15 musicians, artists, DJ's and filmmakers in three areas of the Thomas Leeser-designed building, the museum asserted itself as a relevant player among New York's other contemporary institutions and gave us one more reason to trek to Queens (good Thai food being the other). And the best/worst thematic pickup line of the evening: "You're the most moving image I've seen all night."

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