Magazine article Filmmaker

Spinning Beauty

Magazine article Filmmaker

Spinning Beauty

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"I don't think I've ever done work that's straightly beautiful," says director and visual artist Charles Atlas about Turning, his collaboration with composer and singer Antony. "That's probably the wrong way to describe it, but his music is very suggestive. It conjures up a world, and I entered that world and was inspired by it."

The soulful and deeply empathetic Turning finds Atlas and Antony satisfyingly mining previous works, both separately and collaboratively. From Atlas's art of the early aughts came the concept of filming performers on moving turntables. For the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Atlas and Antony combined this idea with live video mixing, an Antony and the Johnsons concert and, on the spinning platters, what the singer would call "a rogue's gallery of gorgeousness": 13 women varied in age, ethnicity, sexuality and attitude. …

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