I was happy to be given the opportunity to curate and co-produce the 2nd edition of my themed curatorial quartet for Digital Carnival: WATER (2016), LAND (2017), AIR (2018), FIRE (2019).

 

Working with both Cinevolution Media Arts Society and the Richmond World Festival organizers has been an amazing journey thus far, with this year being no different, by expanding to two days and with the theme of LAND! On September 1 & 2, 2017 we launched Cinevolution's Your Kontinent Digital Carnival in the 3rd edition of the Richmond World Festival in the City of Richmond, BC. 


Minah Lee & Marcelo da Silva - "Ferment Love." Photo: Wynne Palmer

 

Two evenings at the Richmond Cultural Centre's (RCC) Theatre featured Vancouver-based artist

Cindy Mochizuki in two sold out performances of Compass. 14 projects by 22 artists rounded out the rest of the programme in the RCC Media Lab,  on the LED Stage and in the 5 interconnected tents on Minoru Field. Friday evening included a live audio/vj performance of eye of the storm by artists Constantine Katsiris (Scant Intone) + Ian Ross (C130) on the LED Stage. Saturday evening featured two performancs of whitepages #1 by Milton Lim. Over 8,000+ people attended this exhibition, with an overall attendance to the Richmond World Festival topping 50,000+ people to this free, family-friendly cultural event!

 

Exhibition details, biographies & statements:

Cinevolution Media Arts Society website

 

Featured exhibition review:

VANDOCUMENT website


Constantine Katsiris (Scant Intone) & Ian Ross (C130) - "eye of the storm." Photo: Wynne Palmer


The scope and span of works included: Performace art and theatre; integrated media; video and film; interactive installations; video mapping; generative/software art; 3D anaglyph; hands-on interactive audio demo; live audio/vj; activist/community art and a hands-on shadow puppet theatre.


Photo: Ash Tanasiychuk/VANDOC

 

YOUR KONTINENT DIGITAL CARNIVAL 2017

 

Featured Artist: Cindy Mochizuki

2017 Exhibition Artists: Alanna Ho/Nathan Marsh, Constantine Katsiris/Ian Ross, Ella Cooper, Isabelle Hayeur, Katharine Yi, Laura Lee Coles/Rob Scharein, Marina Sijarto/Glen Andersen, Milton Lim, Minah Lee/Marcelo da Silva, Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., Patrick Blenkarn, Sara Gold, Sarah Shamash/Gabriela Sepulveda/Osveldo Castillo and Sonny Assu.

 

Cinevolution Media Arts Society Executive Team

Yun-Jou Chang, Project Coordinator/Co-Producer

Lynn Groppi, Artistic Director/Co-Producer

Wynne Palmer, Curator/Co-Producer

 

Richmond World Festival Executive Team

Bryan Tasaka, Manager Major Events & Film, City of Richmond, BC

Camyar Chaichian, Coordinator, Richmond Arts Centre

John Donnelly, President, John Donnelly & Associates

James Cowan, Vice President of Operations

Sarah Shandl, Production Manager

Cristy Houston, Media/Marketing

Adam Hori, Technical Assistance LED Wall, Briere Production Group

Dustin Fergusson-Vaux and Marian Greksa, Technical Assistance for Digital Carnival

James Dobbs, Judy Lo, Ashley Dunne, Loryn LeGear

 

Cindy Mochizuki's Team

James Proudfood, Lighting Design; Nancy Tam, Sound Design; Asa Mori, Technical Assistance; Cherry Wen Wen Lu, Production Assistant; Minoru Yamamoto, Set Construction

 

Photography + Videography

Jian Ping Su, Video Lead with Picture's Up Media; Paige Smith and Heeju Kim

Ash Tanasiychuk, VANDOCUMENT - Photography

Justin Ramsey, VANDOCUMENT - Event Review

 

Other Support

Chuck Lee, Assistant to artists Laura Lee Coles & Rob Scharein

Remy Siu, Equipment support

 

Volunteers

Andrew Lee, Volunteer Coordinator; Jamie Lam, Moko Lee, Jennifer Pham, Sandra Pham, Sourav Aggarwal, Luan Li, Tri Nguyen, Barbara Meneley, Avneet Amera Kalsi, 

Haige Wu, Thomas Groppi, Ying Wang, William O, Robert N. Brown

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Funders

BC Arts Council; City of Richmond, BC; Richmond World Festival; Video Out;

VIVO Media Arts Centre (Special thanks Alex Muir!)



 

Cinevolution’s Your Kontinent: Digital Carnival is back again!

7-11PM on September 1 & 2, 2017 as part of the Richmond World Festival.

 

Featured Artist Cindy Mochizuki anchors the show with Compass, a multi-media performance which takes as its starting point historical materials belonging to Cindy’s paternal grandmother, who owned and worked a strawberry farm in Walnut Grove before WWII and the internment of Japanese Canadians on the west coast. Winner of the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards for Form and New Media in 2015, Cindy is known for her work with the histories of the Japanese-Canadian community, as well her innovative use of live-animation, found media, and performance in storytelling. Her work is just the beginning of Digital Carnival 2017’s exploration of LAND as a theme in response to Canada 150.

 

Featuring 15 works by 23 artists, each piece is a unique experience as diverse as the artists behind them. We invite you to think about questions of nation, land, and home as you learn to speak ocean, discover the Fraser River, write a love letter to land, or revisit the days of phone books and analog phones. Or simply relax and feast your senses on art that you can see, hear, touch, and taste!

Here you’ll meet some of the coolest artists from in- and out- of town, and see some truly innovative applications of technology. With works ranging from sound art to intimate performances to videos installations in the “chill tent,” from shadow puppetry to interactive play to community-engaged art, there is something for everyone at this one-of-a-kind festival.

 

Cinevolution Media Arts Society website for full artist bios and statements

Facebook Event Page

 

Digital Carnival is co-produced by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and Curator Wynne Palmer.

Events will take place under the stars in Minoru Plaza and inside the Richmond Cultural Centre.

 

Special Thanks: Cinevolution Media Arts Society,  BC Arts Council, City of Richmond - Local Government, Richmond World Festival, Richmond Arts Centre, VIVO Media Arts Centre.


 

Photo: Wynne Palmer

 

I'll be sitting this artist panel at 8pm on July 28, 2017 in conjunction with

CURRENT: A Pacific Northwest Feminist Electronic Art Symposium

 

Intergenerational Knowledge Sharing in the Electronic Arts & Technology

Panelists: Ruth Scheuing, Wynne Palmer, Norah Lorway, Kiran Bhumber, Holly Peck 
Moderator: Jen Sungshine

 

CURRENT Symposium website

 

CURRENT is a multidisciplinary, intersectional, music and electronic art symposium working with women and non-binary artists in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. The first iteration of the project will be a 3-day, music and arts showcase featuring events, panels, youth mentorships, and workshops, which will take place July 28th-30th, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

The goal of this symposium is to foster and disseminate feminist content through the cross-pollination of ideas, and intergenerational knowledge sharing. By offering free, public, all ages panels and accessible workshops, we wish to cultivate growth within the local community, and create a more equal landscape within the growing Electronic Arts ecology.

 

 

Special Thanks:

CURRENT organizers: Ashlee Luk, Nancy Lee and Soledad Muñoz, Vancouver Art & Leisure, CiTR Discorder Magazine and City of Vancouver Community Arts Grants Program


 


I'll be participating in this global community event this year with sound partner on this project, Jeffrey Langille.

 

World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18th to celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground”, and honours the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros.

 

“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground?

Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”

— Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

 

Special Thanks: Jeffrey Langille, Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) and

The World Listening Project.org 



 

I'm happy to be invited to be the new Board Member and Secretary of the NOW Society,

as of the July 11, 2017 AGM!

 

The NOW Society began as a community initiative designed to support the vibrant community of Vancouver improvisers. At its formation, the Society presented a critical mass of musicians who gathered together, committed to expressing and presenting improvised creation and to elevating their art through sharing music with their community and on international stages. The founders of the Society included Lisle Ellis, Paul Cram, Paul Plimley, Gregg Simpson, and Ralph Eppel.

 

Since its establishment in 1977, leadership has incuded Gregg Simpson, Clyde Reed, Paul Plimley, Bruce Freedman, Graham Ord, Kate Hammet Vaughan, Don Druick, Roger Baird, and for the past few decades, Ron Samworth and Coat Cooke. Recently, in the spring of 2014, there was a decisive change in leadership when the Artistic Director Coat Cooke passed on artistic directorship of NOW Society to the capable hands of Lisa Cay Miller.

 

2017 marks the NOW Society’s 40th year! In addition to our regular programming, the Society looks forward to presenting a four-day interactive installation at the Roundhouse Community Center in November 2017!



 

Quiet City & Vancouver New Music present:

 

Game of Drones

Drone Day 2017 // Vancouver (part of a global community event!)
12 noon - 12 midnight marathon of 46 artists
Saturday, May 27, 2017. I'll be the 2:30-3pm slot!
Red Gate Revue Stage - Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

 

Special Thanks: Constantine Katsiris, Quiet City and Vancouver New Music




I was thrilled to participate in the Element Choir this spring as a backup vocalist for the Inuit master throat singer Tanya Tagaq! As part of the Vancouver Opera Festival, we performed on the Vogue Theatre stage on May 12th for a sold out show!


Tanya Tagaq
Jesse Zubot (viola & violin)
Jean Martin (drums)
Christine Duncan and the Element Choir

 

Vancouver Opera Festival website

Music on Main

 

Photo: Tim Matheson

Photo: Jan Gates

Photo: Tim Matheson

Special Thanks: Christine Duncan, Artistic Director Element Choir and Music on Main



 

Over recent years it is becoming apparent to post secondary institutions the need to acknowledge and foster a new student base. Enter something called 'third age learning'. Third Age Learning Kwantlen (TALK) provides an ecclectic selection of lectures for those retired and of semi retirement age! While there are college and universities providing full-time, part-time and extension classes, there finally is something for those 50+, who would like to continue their education with one-day lectures and workshops. This model in my opinion is not only brilliant, but necessary, for an aging population to stay stimulated, active, and involved in society. I was more than happy to give a talk and demo on behalf of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra, "The Theremin in Contemporary Art & Culture," contributing and supporting this essential educational model!

 

Third Age Learning at Kwantlen Website

 

Thanks: Nora Holstein, Third Age Learning and Kwantlen University - Richmond Campus