Members of Caterpillar, a Philadelphia based indie rock band, held an art performance at Vox Populi Gallery on 3/16/12. Proceeds from the night went to a non-profit that works with young artists. It was a nice warm night and the atmosphere was inviting. Before the set/in-between sets some 78 records were spun & people ate popcorn.
Mike Lenert was set up on the left of the stage with an electric guitar, a cigar box guitar, an array of pedals and instruments used to manipulate the guitar’s sound, ex. a violin type bow. He also had a cd or tape player playing previously recorded sounds which he’d turn on or off. The guitar music was improvised and at times had a bluesy, psychedelic sound, as well as higher tones created with the bow and droning riffs. It was impressive to know the music wasn’t scored to the films because often the sound seemed to coincide with the images.
John McInerney managed the projector, whose 8mm film played a wonderful series of images. The film clips showed varied in content and length. There was no sound from the film, and most were shown in color with some faded hues. He put together the film collage from lot of other found films. Some were dated to 1920s, they ranged in age though. There were beautiful scenes of nature with national park footage, home movies, circus animals, tour guides, children etc…creating a nostalgic, interesting, and playful impression on the viewer.