Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot almost 500 Screen Tests: revealing portraits of various individuals—both famous and anonymous—who visited his studio, the Factory. They were asked to pose, lit with a strong keylight, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black-and-white, 100-foot rolls of film. The Screen Tests provided fodder for Warhol’s ever-shifting happenings, and starred, behind the music of The Velvet Underground and Nico, in his Exploding Plastic Inevitable live shows.
Inspired by the mythos of The Factory, songwriters Dean & Britta have composed a live score for a selection of the films. Along with covers of The Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan, their dream-pop sensibility and entrancing rock rhythms evoke the legacy of Warhol’s era.
13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests was jointly commissioned by The Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008.