Standing Nymph and Man

A Film by Milad H. Mozari


In the film Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Originally designed by Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (horse carts and automobiles), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. This sonic history and presence is constantly evoked in the film’s soundtrack, which brings to the forefront the reverberant acoustic qualities of the building. Another invisible yet audible presence is the occasional voice of the building’s cleaning woman who relates her personal encounters with the building. Her voice is in counterpoint to the elevator operator’s whistling, a leitmotif in the soundtrack that we hear only in reflection, since we only ever see him from behind. This insistence on an invisible yet highly palpable acousmatic presence creates a rich sonic world that embraces the film’s visual mixture of live action footage and LIDAR animation. These visual techniques focus on the details of both the surfaces of the building’s interiors and its three-dimensional forms, tying the intimate upper floors to the first-floor theater, uniting surface, volume, material, reverberation, and resonance, and articulating historical traces that surpass subjects or authors. Anonymity, in fact, permeates both the building and the film, from the anonymous painting that gives the film its title, to the cleaning woman who chooses to remain anonymous in the film’s making, to the numerous lesser known musicians practicing their craft in private behind closed doors that nonetheless allow the seepage of their intermingling music into the resonant hallways of the building.


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    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. While studying for his BS in International Studies at the University of Utah, he began to make and exhibit work about language and place. He continued his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received an MFA in the Department of Sound. 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. Fellowships and residencies include Asian Cultural Council Grant to individuals, Taipei Artist Village, ACRE, Tsung-Yeh Artist Village and soundpocket. He currently lives in Chicago where he teaches at SAIC in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.

Awards + Festivals

  • 53rd CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, World Premiere, Chigago, IL, USA) October 21, 2017
  • INDIE LISBOA (Int'l Competition, Lisbon, International Premiere, Portugal)May 2, 2018
  • 4th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bahia, Brazil)November 1, 2018
  • 4th ANIMATION MARATHON 2018 (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)November 21, 2018
  • 6th SUDAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Khartoum, Sudan)January 21, 2019
  • 37th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON ART (Official Selection, Québec and Montreal, Canada)March 11, 2019
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nicosia, Cyprus)May 6, 2019



Milad H. Mozari
Zoe Sua Cho
Director of Photography
Calum Walter
Milad H. Mozari
Peter Speer, Alex Inglizian, Alex Drosen
Sound Design
Alex Ingliizian
Felix Piñeiro


Running Time
17:21 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
5.1 Surround



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Milad H. Mozari