LocoMotoArt's major 2014 exhibition, PATTERNS: An Evening Extravaganza of Digital Proportions, is coming up this weekend!

 

PATTERNS is a FREE event and open to all ages. Held indoors and on the beautiful grounds of Aberthau Mansion in West Point Grey, Vancouver, BC. PATTERNS exhibits interactive, sound and visual installations, bio art, performances, digital tapestries, video mapping and digital poetry.


Show details at: http://locomotoart.weebly.com/patterns.html

LocoMotoArt is joined by international guest artists:
Jamie Griffiths, UK
Patrick Lichty, Chicago, USA
Nicole Sansone - Ecoarttech, NYC, USA
Valerie d. Walker, Montreal, Canada

LocoMotoArt Artists:
Rob Scharein
Dave Leith
Merlyn Chipman
Laura Lee Coles
Wynne Palmer
Victoria Gibson
Miles Thorogood
Graham Brown
Phil Thomson
Bobbi Kozinuk

Emerging Artists:
Aaron Rice
Yi and Pius

Supported by an award from the City of Vancouver Cultural Affairs Division, for the Community Neighbourhood Arts Development Grant; Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation issued through Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and BC Hydro and is made possible with partners: Vancouver Park Board, West Point Grey Community Centre, William F. White International, Ltd., CiTR 101.9FM Radio, Charqui Restaurant, Maple House Bed & Breakfast, Rugs and Art, and Fresh Strategies Communications.



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Ever wonder what a dog experiences when chasing a ball? Julie Andreyev, Simon Overstall and the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra will perform EPIC-Tom, a live animation and soundscape produced in collaboration with Tom, Andreyev’s canine collaborator. Tom’s vocal talents and athleticism are explored by Andreyev, and Overstall to present an outlook on canine emotion and creativity.  During the performance, Andreyev and VETO play theremins and Overstall mixes recordings of Tom’s voice, and his movements, using custom software.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014. 7 - 8:30PM

EPIC-Tom (the performance)

Performed by: Julie Andreyev (Animal Lover) and Simon Overstall

with the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra

Curated by: Wynne Palmer

Aberthau Mansion - West Point Grey, 4397 W2nd Ave. Vancouver

Door: By donation

Concession: LocoMotoArt

 

EPIC-Tom Production Team:
Video, performance: Julie Andreyev

Generative animations, software, performance: Simon Overstall

Animations and rendering: Jay White

Canine collaborator: Tom
Motion capture support: Richard Overington + Hyuma Frankowski

 

Julie Andreyev is an artist whose recent area of practice called Animal Lover (www.animallover.ca) explores animal creativity and communication through modes of interspecies collaboration and aleatoric methods, to produce interactive installation, video, social media, and performance projects. She works primarily with her two companion dogs Tom and Sugi (www.tomandsugi.com, Twitter: @Tom_and_Sugi). Her work has been shown across Canada, the US, Europe, China and Japan. Andreyev’s work is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, Foreign Affairs Canada, and The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her PhD research explores compassion as a means for improved human awareness and relationships with the more-than-human world. She is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, and Artistic Director of Interactive Futures, (www.interactivefutures.ca).

 

Simon Lysander Overstall is an artist working in digital arts, in particular music, sound, and interactive art. He has a BFA in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Currently he is completing an MA in Sound In New Media at Aalto University, Finland, and holds a position with the Sound and Physical Interaction research group.

http://sloburn.wordpress.com

 

Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) is the only theremin orchestra in Canada, and one of a few worldwide. Each member of the orchestra has a uniquely tuned instrument that contributes to the richness of the sound created by this ensemble. The Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) was formed by the participants in a theremin-building workshop held at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC in the summer of 2011. VETO was formed out of and continues to be supported by the Education Program at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Find us on our Facebook Page.

 

Special Thanks: Julie Andreyev + Tom (Animal Lover) and Simon Overstall, VETO, Canada Council for the Arts, VIVO Media Arts Centre, LocoMotoArt, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and West Point Grey Community Centre.



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Announcing that I will be showing a new piece, called "Murder of Crows", a single channel video with sound, at VANDOCUMENT 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY. This will be a full evening of art, music, dance and theatre in 3 galleries.

 

In recognition of International Migratory Bird Day, "Murder of Crows" is an anthropomorphic comment on group identity and site filmed in a dog walking park along the docks in North Vancouver. See full artist's statement HERE.

 

8PM - 2AM, Saturday, May 10, 2014

VANDOCUMENT 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

at VIVO Media Arts Centre

1965 Main St. Vancouver

Door: By donation

Cash Bar



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I'm very proud to announce I am curator for 4 artists (Rob Scharein, Laura Lee Coles, Dave Leith and Mark Nazemi) into one of the biggest media shows this year! Not only will this be Paul Wong's (2005 Governor General award winner) showcase of the current landscape for media art in BC, but a final celebration and farewell to ON MAIN GALLERY.

 

OMG – On Main Gallery presents: THRU THE TRAPDOOR
A major interdisciplinary art event featuring over 50 artists and curators.
Artistic Director: Paul Wong
Producer: Rick Erickson

Opening: Tuesday Apr. 22, 8 – 10 PM
Exhibition: Apr 23 – 25, 12 – 8 PM Free Admission
Performances, Interactive Works, Artist and Curator Talks: Apr 23 - 25, 6-8 PM
Art Party: Saturday Apr 26, 8PM – 2AM $10 Admission
1965 Main St., Vancouver

Facebook Event Page

Site-specific installations, projections, visuals, sculpture, performance, music, relational experiences, assemblages, constructions, participatory happenings, sound, interactive art, and more…

Trapdoor is a 5-day exhibition concluding with a monumental closing event. This is the final act and the end of an era for 1965 Main St., an important and innovative creative hub since 1993. It has been the home-base for VIVO Media Arts, Alderbridge Mini-Storage, Gallery 1965, New Forms Festival, and many other organizations and artists.

On Main Gallery has occupied one of the storefronts since 2007. In 2012 this space was expanded and completely renovated by Rick Erickson, who put in a “secret trap door” leading down to Alderbridge Mini-Storage, a labyrinth of 70 spaces in all shapes and sizes, with 6500 sq. ft. of storage lockers.

We have invited dozens of artists who will be transforming this unique warehouse into an amazing site for experiencing contemporary art. They will respond to the architectural features of the site, along with ideas of memory, history, the present, the future, consumption, and hoarding.

 

Together, they are some of the best new and established talent in Vancity, collaborating to create something extraordinary. Within these spaces, there will be a camera obscura, an Ames room, peep holes, a grand piano, interactive sound and internet works, immersive environments and intimate personal narratives. These projects mix traditional media with newer technologies, combining photography and video with everything from found objects, dirt, wood, and concrete, to infusions of the more ephemeral: performance, sound, projections and interventions.

Over 30 Projects by 50 artists and Curators (subject to change)

Amy Fung
Annie Briard
Attila Richard Lukacs
Brian Howell
Cam Andrews
Charles Rea
Christian Pelech
Dan Leonard
David Campion
David Khang
David Leith
DRIL Art Collective
DJ Clarence and Wilson Hart
Elisa Ferrari
Emily Neufeld
Evann Siebens
Glenn Alteen
Hammock Residency
Howie Tsui
Instant Coffee
Jay Senetchko
Jessica Bushey
John Brennan
Joe Sarahan
Jonathan Middleton
Jonny Sopotiuk
Katherine Coe
Kenneth Yuen
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Laura Lee Coles
Leo Stefansson
Lynn Chen
Makiko Hara
Michael Edward Miller
Michael Yahgulanaas
Mark Nazemi
Olivia Fauland
Patrick Campbell
Patrick Daggitt
Rachel Iwaasa
Randy Gledhill
Robert Scharein
SD Holman
Sebnem Ozpeta
Steven Tong
Sydney Southam
Tommy Chain
Trevor Discoe
Vjeko Sager
Wynne Palmer
William Bros
AND MORE…

For the closing Art Party on Sat. April 26, we are going all out creating a spectacular experience. Happening in a combined 10,000 sq. ft. of space, the Art Party will include the upstairs, downstairs, and parking lot of 1965 Main St. There will be video mapping on the building exterior, and we will feature an additional lineup of performers, DJ’s, musicians, and visual artists for this stellar event.

This is going to be legendary, harking back to the free spirit of 1980’s artists’ warehouse shows.

Sponsors/participating organizations to date: Bomber Brewing, Cinevolution Media Arts Society, grunt Gallery, Hybridity Media, New Forms Festival, Or Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and more…

DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!


 


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In approximately 1920 Leon Theremin invented the world's first electronic instrument, amazing audiences and touring around the world. The ability to play an instrument without ever touching it mesmerizes people, even with it's resurgence in popularity today! The instrument's unique sound, produced by interrupting two radio frequecies via two antenna, has been used in many movies, tv shows and in classical and contemporary music from the 1920s to today.

 

Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) was formed through several theremin building workshops at VIVO Media Arts Centre in 2011 and we had our first performance that summer at Signal & Noise Festival. Since then, we have given talks and demos about the instrument, performed with various audio artists, in events and festivals and several artists have developed a body of work around this unique instrument in independent art practice and projects. One such project will be our next performance on Friday, March 28.

 

VETO will be performing "Scratch Theremin" on Friday, March 28 at VIVO Media Arts Centre, where it all began. Theremins will join with canine vocalizations to create interspecies collaboration in a truly unique project created by artist/VETO member Julie Andreyev and canine companion Tom.

 

From Julie and Tom's website (www.animallover.ca):

"For Scratch Theremin, Andreyev works with canine Tom using interactive software and a theremin to produce a collaborative improvisational interspecies performance. The project advances methods of improvisation and active listening to propose live audio soundscapes that mesh canine  sounds with electroacoustic practice. In the process of developing this performance, a custom built theremin, that incorporates a rug as an interface, was created to allow Tom to use scratch and digging gestures to create sounds. Tom likes to accompany his playing with a diverse range of vocalization. These studio performances are audio recorded for use later in the live performance where they are remixed into a new experimental improvisational soundscape. Here, Andreyev accompanies Tom’s vocals and rhythms with her own live theremin and software performance."

 

VIVO Open House

March 28, 2014
Show time: 7:30PM

VIVO Media Arts Centre

1965 Main St. Vancouver

Facebook Event Page



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I am currently artist in residency with the City of Vancouver from 2013 - 2015, along with 15 media artists with LocoMotoArt. We are a 20 member art group using new media outdoors - digital eco-art! Being the Assistant Administrator/Project Manager for this group of artists, much of my time so far has been in the administration of the members through the residency experience. Along the way we have exhibited in residency at Aberthau Mansion and other Vancouver community centres, in local city parks and in many festivals. We have conducted workshops, open studios, hosted guest artists and lecturers. This year will be a very active schedule and we will be making the most of it!

 

My personal work for residency will be from September to December and I am currently working on preliminary research, testing a new camera and creating some photo, video, and works on paper. The self-impossed theme for my work is LIGHT! Electroluminescent wire (El Wire), underwater lighting and LED. In 2013, I lead a workshop concerning El Wire and installed an outdoor piece, called Light Pulse made with El Wire. I will be expanding this installation for another show and conducting a series of  community workshops with this fun, inexpensive land flexible light. Upcoming major works with underwater lighting will take me into the warm summer months and works with LED lighting will end off my residency year.

 

Take a look at the LocoMotoArt Blog to stay current with my work and workshops through this project until 2015.


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Photo: Wynne Palmer

 

Well it's winter again, and as I said last year, this is the time of year an artist like me hunkers down in front of the fire and plots and plans for the upcoming year. But first a year in review.

 

2013 was a good and very productive year making new contacts, reviving others and getting to know my posse in crime, members of the LocoMotoArt Collective.  I gave a few talks and taught a few workshops. Wrote more than my fare share of paperwork, attended many meetings, worked on grants, residency appications and proposals. Grand total of 8 shows, independantly and through the Collective, and much new work. A good year!

 

2014 is lining up to be full of adventure and possiblity. Currently many plans are under foot including: 7 scheduled shows so far, a series of workshops from late Summer into the Fall, a show curation, collective arts administration, grant and proposal writing and an upcoming software course. I always take one course or class in media software or hardware during the winter, just to keep me sharp and up-to-date. The biggest change and priority for this year will be to build into my schedule regular breaks, getaways and downtime, very important for a artist!


November 27, 2013 was the Lighting of Aberthau event at Aberthau Mansion in West Point Grey Community Centre. This was an open community get-together for locals to come and partake in the seasonal festivities with hot chocolate, carols sung by the Junior Choir from Ecole Jules Quesnel and digital art works by LocoMotoArt artists in residence Mark Nazemi, Rob Scharein and myself. My new work, Light Pulse was installed out of doors to coodinate with the outdoor lighting of the building, and I also conducted a drop-in workshop for all ages to create holiday ornaments with Electroluminescent Wire (El Wire), which were hung on trees out of doors in time for the building lighting ceremony.

 

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners: West Point Grey Community Centre, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, William F. White International Inc., IMAPON, Daivd Eby, MLA (Vancouver-West Point Grey) and Councillor Adrianne Carr.

 


Much gratitude to LMAC artist in residency Dave Leith for audio and Ash Tanasiychuk from VANDOCUMENT for the terrific video!


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Drop in El Wire Workshop. Photo: Sarah Shamash


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Student work El Wire Workshop. Photo: Wynne Palmer