||Billy in the
Mary Simpson, Fionn Meade, Rob Millis,
and The Foghorn Stringband
November 2 – December 3, 2006
Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, November 2, 2006
Film Screening, Reading, and
Live Music Performance
Wednesday, November 1, 8pm
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue, Seattle
BILLY IN THE LOWGROUND is a new film and installation by artist
and filmmaker Mary Simpson, writer and musician Fionn Meade,
and composer Rob Millis.
Inhabiting an ‘in between’ place not unlike Dante’s
dark wood or Alice’s rabbit hole, Billy in the Lowground
enters into and explores the rough corners of early American
ballads as glimpsed and re-imagined through sound, gesture,
Employing live action and real time sound recordings, Billy
in the Lowground features a sound collaboration with The
Foghorn Stringband. At the forefront of Portland’s old-time
music scene, Foghorn plays at leading festivals around the world.
Other performers include Amelia Reeber, Alice de Muizon, Hisham
Mayet and Sedat Uysal.
The installation includes a new film by Mary Simpson and Fionn
Meade along with additional sound compositions from Rob Millis
and new work by Mary Simpson.
Billy in the Lowground will premiere Wednesday, November 1 at
the Northwest Film Forum to be followed by a short reading from
Meade and a live performance by special musical guests The Foghorn
The installation opens the following evening, Thursday, November
2, with a reception at PUNCH
Gallery during the First Thursday Artwalk from 5-8pm.
Billy in the Lowground is made possible, in part, through
Special Projects’ grant and in-kind production support
from Northwest Film Forum’s Roll Camera 16mm Program.
Fionn Meade will be presenting one of three new essays funded
in part by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’
‘City Artists’ program. Additional in-kind support
was provided by Flying Spot Film Transfer.
For more information about the artists,
download the Billy in
the Lowground press release.
Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday, or
Next Exhibition: Howard
Billy in the Lowground
2006, stills from 16mm film