The International Festival of Films on Art - 38th edition from March 17 to 29, 2020

Standing Nymph and Man

United States | 2017 | 17 min
Cinematographer: Calum Walter
Director: Milad H. Mozari


Canadian Premiere

In Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Designed originally by Solon Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (a former American automobile company), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. This sonic history and presence are constantly evoked in the film’s soundtrack, which highlights the building’s reverberant acoustic qualities. Another invisible but audible presence is the occasional voice of the building’s cleaning woman, who relates her personal encounters with the building. A little masterpiece full of inventiveness and poetry.


Milad H. Mozari

Milad Mozari’s work moves through concepts of music, belief systems, absence, and structures. His research-based practice often starts with sound or spatial experiments, which then attempt to resonate physically, historically, and experientially. His work has shown internationally at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Chicago International Film Festival, Litmus Community Space, Chicago Cultural Center, the Studebaker Theater, Roots & Culture and Experimental Sound Studio.
Filmography | First major film.

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