Event Details

Nov 14, 2014
Sage Chapel

Häxan (Witchcraft through the Ages) is a silent film (1922; dir. Benjamin Christensen), at one time banned outside its native Sweden, that explores notions of hell, witchcraft, and superstition through narrative vignettes brought to life by stunning visuals, use of color, and animation. 

TRANSIT New Music’s David Friend, Andie Springer, Evelyn Wadkins, and Joe Bergen.

The Johnson Museum collaborated with acclaimed experimental collective TRANSIT New Music (whose members include Cornell DMA candidate David Friend) to premiere a live and original score for a free Cornell Cinema screening at Sage Chapel in conjunction with the exhibition Surrealism and Magic.  

“The Johnson Museum first became acquainted with TRANSIT when they premiered their surrealist-inspired music and video project Corps Exquis at the Museum in April 2013, releasing a critically acclaimed album of the project soon after,” said Surrealism and Magic cocurator Andrew Weislogel at the event. “The group’s working process, that includes inventive game play on the model of the surrealists, and their welcoming of unexpected outcomes in the process of composition align them perfectly with the surrealist ethos.” 

TRANSIT's Daniel Wohl
TRANSIT's Daniel Wohl

The screening event was introduced by Andrew Utterson, assistant professor of screen studies at Ithaca College and Regional Visiting Fellow at the Cornell Institute for European Studies. 

This event was supported in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts. Additional support was provided by the French Studies Program, the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival, Cornell Cinema, the Department of Music, and the Ithaca Motion Picture Project.

(Photos: Jason Koski, Cornell University Photography)