New York No Wave - Chicago Post Rock : Deux villes, deux scènes

Organised by the University of Chicago Center in Paris, the France Chicago Center and New York University in Paris.

with the support of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Val de Seine and Université Paris Diderot.

Tuesday 2 April at ENSA Paris-Val de Seine, 3/15 quai Panhard et Levassor, 75013 Paris. Metro Bibliothèque François Mitterrand


Lydia Lunch & Weasel Walter play Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
Rhys Chatham
David Grubbs

Blank City (New York) by Céline Dahnier
Parallax Sounds (Chicago) by Augusto Contento


BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970's through the mid 80's, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.

Directed by French newcomer Céline Danhier, BLANK CITY weaves together an oral history of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements through compelling interviews with the luminaries who began it all. Featured players include acclaimed directors Jim Jarmusch and John Waters, actor-writer-director Steve Buscemi, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, photographer Richard Kern as well as Amos Poe, James Nares, Eric Mitchell, Susan Seidelman, Beth B, Scott B, Charlie Ahearn and Nick Zedd. Fittingly, the soundtrack includes: Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Contortions, The Bush Tetras, Sonic Youth and many more.


"Parallax Sounds" is a documentary feature that explores the intimate connection between music and urban landscape in Chicago, directed by the award-winning Italian filmmaker Augusto Contento. The film brings interviews with musicians who contributed to shape the vibrant Chicago underground music scene in the 90s and continue to do creative and relevant work today: Steve Albini, David Grubbs, Damon Locks, Ken Vandermark, Ian Williams and Azita Youssefi. Director Augusto Contento's signature stunning visual sequences are enhanced by a soundtrack composed by Ken Vandermark that features David Grubbs, Steve Albini and other great musicians from Chicago.

Part evocative city symphony, part in-depth look at Chicago’s role in the movement of post-rock music of the 1990s, PARALLAX SOUNDS blends vibrant images of the city’s distinctive architecture and the urban landscape in motion with interviews with musicians including Steve Albini, Ken Vandermark, Ian Williams, Damon Locks, David Grubbs, and more. An original soundtrack by Vandermark features two new songs by Grubbs and musicians John Herndon, Wayne Montana, Jason Adasiewicz, Terrie Hessels, and Nate Wooley.