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Published on Jan 9, 2012
This video, animated by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell, features the words of Eugene Hütz--leader of the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello—sharing his views on 'globalization' and putting forward an alternative vision of what he calls "multi-kontra culture." For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.earsay.org. This video with sound production and arrangement by Judith Sloan is the newest manifestation of Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan's multi-media project, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, which documents and portrays new immigrants and refugees in the United States.
Warren and Judith were hanging out on a rooftop one hot summer evening in the Lower East Side of New York, drinking vodka with members of Gogol Bordello, when Eugene came out with his critique of globalization and multi-culturalism, and offered up a kind of extemporaneous manifesto of multi-kontra culture. They liked his vision so much, they ended their 400 page, 4-color book with it (W.W. Norton). Judith mixed it with some street noise and the accordion of Yuri Lemeshev, also from Gogol Bordello, and made it the last cut on the Crossing the BLVD CD. That cut called "Globalization" is the soundtrack of this 4 minute 11 second animation, which Warren has just finished, in collaboration with artist/designer Brandon Campbell. [The audio cut won the Utne Reader Indie Culture Award for 2004].
Visit http://www.earsay.org for more information about the Crossing the BLVD project (including the book, CD, and traveling exhibition) and Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan's non-profit arts organization, EarSay Inc., dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated in books, exhibitions, on stage, in sound and electronic media.