Greg Zinman, Inner/Outer Space

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By day, Greg Zinman is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Communication and Culture.  By night, he is one of Atlanta’s leading curators of visual arts.  This Saturday, he’ll be presenting Inner/Outer Space, a live visual spectacle at 489 Edgewood.  If you like psychedelia, old NASA videos, Andy Warhol and electro-acoustic music, then you need to be there.  Put it on your calendar this instant (they’ve sold out their previous performances in Boston and Brooklyn), and get to know the man behind the pictures and sound…

Q.  Hidden Atlanta gem?

A.   Tower of Song, on WRAS (88.5, Album 88), Tuesday nights, from 8-10pm. Best psych/prog/60s/70s madness around. Unbelievably good music with plenty of deep cuts. Stephanie knows who, indeed.

Q.  You’re given a pot of gold and a directive to improve the art scene in Atlanta.  What’s on your agenda?

A.   A proper repertory movie theater that can screen 16, 35, and 70mm prints of classic, indie, and art films, and that serves good popcorn.

Q.  One last meal in Atlanta: where are you going, and what are you eating?

A.   Chungking chicken from Tasty China, ribs from Community Q, a croissant from the Little Tart Bakeshop, and a burger from Miss Anne’s Snack Bar. That should probably kill me.

Q.  You come across someone who has, literally, never seen a movie before.  You can only recommend five American films for them to watch- what’s on the list?
Holiday (George Cukor, 1938): Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn committing class warfare, rejecting the rat race, and sticking it to the man.

In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950): Humphrey Bogart as a PTSD-addled screenwriter suspected of murder, and Gloria Grahame as the spirited woman he loves and loses. Fantastic script, too: “”I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.””

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968): Not a shocker that this is on my list. Unsurpassed cinematic awe and mystery. Ambitious, fearless filmmaking, with a pants-wettingly terrifying soundtrack (That scene where the scientists confront the monolith below the surface of the moon, scored to Legeti’s Atmosphères, is a heart-stopper).

Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975): a sprawling, messy political satire with a wonderful cast—all writing, singing, and playing their own country music. A great movie to spend some time with.

Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991): Keanu and Swayze. Zen surfer bank robbers disguised as former American presidents. An FBI agent who learns to reject the law in favor of a Greater Truth, Man. It manages to be one of the sharpest critiques of American masculinity to ever appear on screen, while still totally kicking ass. Also, skydiving.

 

Q.  Why is Inner/Outer Space an absolute, must-attend event?
A.   The show is a unique, live cinema event. Unlike a conventional film, which plays the same way every time it is screened, these projection performances are, in the words of scholar William Moritz, “always only once.”  Fans of psychedelia and NASA should be plenty entertained. Fans of experimental music will love Brooklyn’s finest ambient/drone duo, Christian Science Minotaur, who are traveling a long way to provide a live soundtrack for the piece. Quite simply: we’re here to blow minds. 

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