NYsferatu is a powerful public art project that engages diverse immigrant communities in telling their stories to the world.
about the project.
More Art is working with Brooklyn-based Italian-born artist Andrea Mastrovito to create NYsferatu, an ambitious public art project that combines film, music, and community engagement to create a powerful and poignant statement about immigrant rights in today’s world. Taking the first step in this lengthy process, Mastrovito and a team of artists, hand animated Friedrich W. Murnau’s seminal 1922 film Nosferatu, itself an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s story, Dracula.
Using the technique of rotoscoping, each character, gesture, and expression has been redrawn in the original film’s classic style while the background of contemporary New York City brings the film to the current moment. Each recreated background has been drawn 3 times in order to replicate the beautifully eerie flickering shutter effect of early cinema. In all, the artist has made over 35,000 original drawings to create this feature length hand-animated film.
With key organizational partners, More Art and Mastrovito arranged hands-on workshops in which English as Second Language Learners discussed the film and its implications. The workshops culminated with participants rewriting the silent film’s title cards—in many languages including Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, and English—to reflect their respective community’s experience of overcoming obstacles of xenophobia, economics, and racism to make their home in a new city. In so doing the participants changed the very meaning of the film as well as its ending.
In the Summer of 2017, More Art will present a series of free film screenings in parks and venues across New York City accompanied by a live, original score commissioned specifically for NYsferatu performed by both local and international musicians.
upcoming free screenings.
Hudson River Park at Pier 63, Manhattan
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Sunset Park on the Central Lawn, Brooklyn
Central Park at Mineral Springs, Manhattan
* all screenings start at dusk
Turning Point Brooklyn
Since 2015, More Art has partnered with Turning Point Brooklyn, a Sunset Park based organization that provides housing, education, health, and social services for Brooklyn residents. This partnership has focused primarily on arts and music programs for multi-generational adult students enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. Every collaboration between More Art, Turning Point educators, organizers and students result in live events and public art exhibitions presented for free to both Sunset Park neighbors and the greater New York City public. More from Turning Point Brooklyn.
New New Yorkers
In partnership with the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers program, More Art offers free multilingual film and literature classes to meet the needs of adult immigrant communities in Queens. Courses emphasize the arts and English language acquisition, provided at no cost, in a variety of languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, and Arabic, More from the New New Yorkers.
about the artist.
Andrea Mastrovito (b. 1978) is a New York based, Italian-born artist whose artistic path snakes through the reinvention of drawing and swings from his studio to the audience through public performances and installations. He is the 2007 recipient of the New York Prize, 2012 recipient of the Moroso Prize, the 2016 recipient of the Ermanno Casoli Prize. Solo exhibitions include N’importe où hors du monde, Chateaux de la Drome (2015), France; Here the Dreamers Sleep, Andersen Museum, Rome (2015); At the End of the Line, GAMEC, Bergamo (2014); and Le Cinque Giornate, Museo del Novecento, Milan (2011). His works have also been included in numerous group exhibitions across Europe and United States including: Museum of Art and Design, New York, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st century and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; B.P.S. 22, Charleroi; Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne, and many others.