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Life out of Balance: Koyaanisqatsi

  • Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Junior Boulevard Birmingham, AL, 35203 United States (map)

February 13 will explore the diverse relationship between contemporary music, art and film.  “Life out of Balance” at the Birmingham Museum of Art will open with BMA’s new contemporary art exhibition, “Third Space.”  The night will end with the showing of an extraordinary film Koyaanisqatsi, composed by Philip Glass.

5-6:30pm - Third Space exhibition extended hours
6:30pm - Discussion with Carlos Izcaray in the Auditorium
7pm - Koyaanisqatsi screeningin the Auditorium

This movie was designed to have no plot. Meaning is to be created by the viewer, and only the viewer can give value to the images and music. That said, there is a central idea behind the movie, and according to the director it is this: The greatest event in the history of mankind has occurred recently, and has been largely missed by both the media and academia. Beyond the headlines and every day crises of international events, a deeper shift in human affairs has occurred: Humanity no longer exists in the natural world, we are no longer connected to it. It is not that we are now users of technology, but rather that we exist within technology, we are part of it and it is part of us. The natural world now exists only to support the artificial one in which we live.

The night is promised to stretch your imagination and ask you to venture into a thought provoking experience like never before.

The Third Space exhibition explores a shared cultural experience between the American South and the Global South. Drawn almost entirely from the BMA’s permanent collection, the two-year exhibition features over 100 works of art in a variety of art forms, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and videos, by artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Ebony Patterson, Thornton Dial, and William Christenberry and a commissioned work of art by Rural Studio, an off-campus, design-build program of Auburn University.