Recently, we had a very beautiful submission come into Indie Underground by the very talented Yuliya Tsukerman. The submission was a Handmade marionette music video for Austin-based band Man, Woman, Friend, Computer. Yuliya, currently an artist-in-residence at Mana Contemporary (Jersey City, New Jersey), created a fifteen-minute film that is set to the first and final tracks of Man, Woman, Friend, Computer’s debut album, with a newly-composed interlude between the tracks that connects the songs — both musically and narratively — into a cohesive score.
Titled ‘Exordium/Outgrown,’ the film tells the story of a spaceman who comes to terms with isolation and loss as he cares for an injured alien creature. It combines centuries-old Czech marionette techniques with modern materials and found objects, creating an analog reimagining of the space age that points to the loneliness of the digital world, and to the new distances we create as we try to conquer the old.
Watch the full video for ‘Exordium/Outgrown’ below.
Yuliya Tsukerman’s work has been performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY), The Brick (Brooklyn, NY), Nouveau 47 (Dallas, TX), and the Actors Studio Drama School (New York, NY), and she’s been awarded residencies in performance, playwriting, and the visual arts at St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program (New York, NY), and Mana Contemporary (Jersey City, New Jersey). I’ve been featured on CNN and MSN, and online at places like Slate, Gizmodo, and the A.V. Club.
Listen to the first track in the above movie below:
Man, Woman, Friend, Computer – ‘Exordium’
Other songs we really like in Man, Woman, Friend, Computer’s debut album: ‘You’re a Pistol’, ‘Denouement (interlude No. 1)’, ‘Remission’, ‘Nocturne’, and ‘Outgrown.’ – Listen to them all below!