Cleaning out the cupboards, I found this video of wacky musical genius Elliot... enjoy...
Had a crazy crash with my Parrot AR Drone while I was testing some ideas for the Parade of the Lost Souls (you can see my test footage at left). This is how I assessed and fixed it.
I hit a street light about 25 or 30 feet up. Down it came crashing. Why, oh why, did I listen to the passing child who insisted I try out the outdoor hull? I usually use the indoor hull at all times because I just think it will help the thing last longer. But no, it came straight down on the corner and broke a rotor gear in half, and broke the pin. Read the rest of this entry »
One of my missions in St John's was to record as much live music as possible, for sharing with my friends and colleagues and for possible use in a future video installation / exhibition. After two visits to Newfoundland over the decades, the amount of live music was what stuck with me the most. Like, without leaving downtown, I shot 9 bands in a week and a half.
There's something for everyone so by all means, skip through if something's not to your taste...
The Black Bags play "Raining Hammers" at the Ship
The Faded Yellow Line at The Levee
City on the Coast plays "The Emperor of Japan" at Fred's Records
Liz and Nat farting around at Black Bag Media Collective
Lunge at The Levee
Box playing "Helter Skelter" @ Trapper John's
Blacky O'Leary at Kelly's Pub
Salty Dolls live at the Ship
Pathological Lovers at The Ship
After two years of research and planning, Theatre Conspiracy is digging into the creation of the documentary-style play Extraction. Our international cast and team of theatre artists are in residence at The Cultch in Vancouver for the next couple of weeks to experiment before a work-in-progress presentation at Your Kontinent: Richmond International Film & Media Arts Festival on July 21. Read the rest of this entry »
For this show I've been using Isadora with Osculator, to allow Wii controllers in the dancers' costumes to affect the projections. I've played with a little animation, and I have an infrared camera doing a some motion detection. It will be an awesome experiment for me and the dance, music, costumes and lighting are beautiful.
Please come and check it out!
May 23-26, 2012 | 8:00 PM
$25 Adults | $15 Student/Seniors
Studio D, 2nd Floor
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Dancers Dancing and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs
present, as part of the SFU Woodward's Faculty Research Series, the world premiere of
The Fine Line ~ twisted angels
A multi-media dance work inspired by perception, revelation and change
Performed by Cai Glover, Vanessa Goodman and Bevin Poole of Dancers Dancing.
Choreographed by Judith Garay, Artistic Director of Dancers Dancing
Music by Patrick Pennefather
Costumes by Margaret Jenkins
Lighting Design by John Macfarlane
Video Design by Flick Harrison
A PERFORMANCE TALK BALK WILL BE HELD AFTER THE SHOW ON THURSDAY, MAY 24TH.
The Fine Line ~ twisted angels explores in movement, sound and image how we experience, perceive, relate to and react to our internal and external worlds. Ephemeral, sometimes transformative, the moments between perceiving, sensing and cognition create a rich tapestry of somatic images. The work engages with the fragility of our existence and risks the deep and dark journeys necessary to project the internal experience directly onto the stage.
Since 1999 Dancers Dancing has mounted productions both in Vancouver and on tour. The company is known for its passion and technical excellence, and for reaching diverse audiences. The press has called the company “…truly exciting...” and a recent production “Bursting with energy from the moment the curtains open, this powerhouse of a show was a delight from beginning to end…” Artistic director Judith Garay has been choreographing professionally for over three decades starting in New York where The New York Times called her “A choreographer with a sure inventive touch” and more recently in Vancouver where The Georgia Straight said “Garay has an incredible ability to boil down relationships to simple gestures that are loaded with meaning.”
That's where we're at today, as the dominant technology of our living room becomes obsolete practically overnight. HDTV is sending those heavy, awkward boxes out to the curb, to be replaced with newer, more expensive, and quicker-to-obsolescence machines.
I'm designing media for a new theatre show - Macbeth: nach Shakespeare by Heiner Muller. I'm building a throne of televisions that will show piles of corpses whenever the King sits on it... I thought it might be easy to gather free TV's through craigslist, but I never imagined how quickly the cathode-ray sets were being discarded.
This class-warfare Macbeth takes the moral clarity out of the story: Instead of Macbeth murdering a wonderful King out of pure bloody ambition, we start the play with Macbeth committing murders for the King's benefit. Peasants strung up for not paying rent, rebellious lords skinned alive for disloyalty. So when Macbeth decides to murder up instead of murdering down, the moral leap isn't that big: what's one more dead body on the pile?
Yet another evening of artistic blind dates, yet another promo clip I produced for the Tomorrow Collective. This is a sample of live documentation, which is shot as a safe wideshot to ensure the artists get all the choreography, setting, etc for posterity.
Brief Encounters is an interdisciplinary art event that throws different artists together to make short performances. They go from total strangers to presenting a work in two weeks.
"Known for her abstract yet compelling choreography, Garay’s latest project is a typically comprehensive undertaking, employing as it does 10 dancers, a sample-heavy score from electronic composer Ted Hamilton, and a video collage of found footage courtesy of filmmaker and political satirist Flick Harrison. And in a way, the dancing in Extra Extra reflects her accomplices’ cut-and-splice approach, as it began with the performers assuming poses and imitating gestures drawn from the front page."
Check it out....
I've been commissioned to design video projections for Dancers Dancing's piece Extra Extra, at the Firehall Arts Centre from December 1-4th.
Judith Garay, choreographer, has been a longtime colleague of mine, but this is the first time I've been invited to enter into the live performances as a projection designer!
The work is about media, war, sports and entertainment, and has never been performed in its entirety: an earlier production had the misfortune to lose Kevin Bergsma, fabulous dancer, on the DAY of the SHOW to a serious injury!
Choreographed by Judith Garay, artistic director of Dancers Dancing, with commissioned music by Theodore Hamilton, costumes by Margaret Jenkins, lighting by John Carter and video by Flick Harrison. Extra Extra will be performed by ten expressive, strong and versatile dancers of Dancers Dancing.