Apr 1

space-baby-poster-letterCome to the spectacular performance of SPACE, BABY.

April 17, 18, 19 - 8 pm
The Toast Collective
648 Kingsway
Tickets $10/15 at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets

Space, Baby is a multimedia performance inspired by the palate of 1960s sci-fi film which tells the surreal story of a lone woman searching her galactic memories in an effort to escape the realities of an ever-approaching future. The woman is a rogue astronaut witnessing her own past. She plays multiple versions of herself as seen through the lens of her changing memories. Using a forcefield of sound and imagery, the camp-aesthetic of films such as Barbarella, and the genre-bending of American Astronaut, Space, Baby is a multimedia performance about regret and forgetting.

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Catherine Falkner
in collaboration with
Elysse Cheadle
Flick Harrison
Elliot Vaughan

Sep 24

Cleaning out the cupboards, I found this video of wacky musical genius Elliot... enjoy...

Nov 4

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 »

Sep 21

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

This was a residency with Catherine Falkner at the Black Bag Media Collective. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts and Liz Solo.

Sep 7

Shot this as part of a residency in St John's, Newfoundland, with Catherine Falkner at Black Bag Media Collective.

I'm gathering live bands to make some kind of interactive / installation type thing...

Box from Flick Harrison on Vimeo.

Jul 12

Extraction Chinese Character
Extraction Cast and Crew

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 »

May 22

I've just polished up the multimedia projections on this new dance work for Dancers Dancing.  I've been working with Judith Garay for years as a videographer and now as a projections designer.

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!

The Fine Line - twisted angels

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.”

 

May 6

Imagine if, ten years ago, you could drive around collecting free, working televisions until you filled several carloads, then finally had to abandon dozens more because you had no room.

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?

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Dec 17

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.

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Nov 23

There's an interview in the Georgia Straight with Judith Garay, choreographer of the dance piece, Extra Extra, for which I'm making video...

"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....

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