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Composer Ben Neill and media artist Bill Jones will premiere a new interactive movie called Palladio at Symphony Space in NYC on March 4 and 5 as part of its Thalia Music series.

“Based on the 1998 novel Palladio by New York Times Magazine writer Jonathan Dee, Neill and Jones’s new media performance work tells the story of an unlikely romantic triangle set against the backdrop of the often conflicting worlds of music, art and advertising.

Palladio‘s video component, projected onto a movie theater screen, includes commercial samples seamlessly merged with live-action footage as the lead characters played by [Mikel Rouse, a noted composer/performer], Zoe Lister-Jones, [a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London], and Cort Garretson, [a New York-based actor] are digitally transported into an environment created from the ads portrayed in the story.

Ben Neill, who I know from the early ’90s when he was music curator at The Kitchen and I was media curator, is currently a partner (with producer Eric Calvi) in the New York commercial house Green Beet Productions.

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