Nun Gun / Brad Feuerhelm – Mondo Decay
Mondo Decay is the award-winning multimedia collaboration between visual artist Brad Feuerhelm, and musicians Lee Tesche and Ryan Mahan of the acclaimed band Algiers under the moniker, Nun Gun. Mondo Decay marks the outfit’s debut release, an audiovisual dialogue that pairs 144-pages of Feuerhelm’s malformed post-industrial gazing photography with an accompanying original soundtrack cassette produced by Tesche and Mahan.
It was the winner of the 2020 Ear/Eye award from Witty Books, which aims to create a dialogue between a visual artist through the limited edition publication of an audio cassette + book.
Out now via the Algiers Bandcamp and Witty Books
Mondo Decay focuses the group’s critical practice on the genre of horror itself, most notably the troubling sights and sounds of 60s and 70s Italian Mondo, cannibal and zombie exploitation films by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Umberto Lenzi, and Lucio Fulci. Instead of the “savage” tropical climes as employed by the genre’s directors, the exoticism found in original Mondo films has been subverted to look at the failings of capitalism in the West.
Experimental in form, the project Mondo Decay refers to the group’s use of Italian Mondo Cannibal Films of the 70s and 80s. The original soundtracks of these films have been enlisted, changed and mutated from such classic films as Cannibal Ferox, Cannibal Holocaust and Zombi. The experimental form of the work is in its slowed and broken down examination of the original soundtracks.
The resulting effort is brought to fully re-animated life by a host of collaborators — The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart; Chicago no wave industrial gospel godfathers ONO; Cleveland, Ohio’s genre and gender non-conforming Black Culture amalgam Mourning [A] Blk Str; Lyonnais singer and Geographic North label boss Farbod Kokabi; Brazil-born, Berlin-based visual artist Luiza Prado and authors Blake Butler and Michael Salu — giving voice to a future-oriented de-colonial subjectivity struggling against pandemic-induced isolation, fascist occupation and global extinction.
Read the Bandcamp Daily feature on the project:
Watch the videos below:Nun Gun – Stealth Empire (feat. Mark Stewart)
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