In June, I had the pleasure to curate five artists into an independent show production, 2000 Meilen Unter Dem Meer | 2000 Miles Under the Sea, named after headline performer Trautonia Capra's newly released CD. I was inspired to continue my video work involving water by creating original footage for 3/5 artists for their performances! In addition to show curation and production, I had the pleasure to host a talk/demo by Trautonia and myself in conjunction with the performance.

 

Trautonia Capra, thereminist from Hamburg, Germany

Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra

Spectrum Interview

phonal

Merlyn Chipman

 

 

Trautonia Capra ::


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Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra ::


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phonal ::


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Special Thanks: Trautonia Capra, Spectrum Interview, phonal, Merlyn Chipman, Laura Lee Coles and Ross Moster and VIVO Media Arts Centre for their ongoing and continuous support of VETO.



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Our LocoMotoArt gang is having a fundraiser event to help fund our upcoming summer exhibition schedule and I will be auctioning off Techno Tartan #1 at the event this Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Charqui's Grill in Vancouver's Kits district.

 

Come and meet the Collective, hear some great music, participate in the auctiona and raffles and have a beer with us!

 

Facebook Event Page


I'm pleased to be producing a great show, 2000 Meilen Unter Dem Meer with guest artists:

 

Trautonia Capra, vocalist/thereminist from Germany

Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra

Spectrum Interview

phonal

Merlyn Chipman

 

Friday, May 3, 2013

VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main St., Vancouver

Doors: 7:30 PM, Show: 8 - 11 PM. $8 Cover. Cash Bar.

 

Trautonia and I, as a VETO member, will be giving a

Theremin Talk + Demo

1-3 PM, Sunday, May 5, 2013

Contact VIVO Media Arts for $10 tickets @ 604.872.8337 ext. 5 (Megan)

 

Facebook Event Page


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Photo: Vancouver Courier

 

VIVO Media Arts Centre were kind enough to include a picture of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra to accompany an article written about the gallery for the Vancouver Courier published April 5, 2013. The article highlights VIVO for it's continuing support to local media artists for the past 40 years!

 

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. VETO has performed for the Signal + Noise Festival, The Xenakis Festival for Vancouver New Music, for Interactive Futures: Animal Influence (interactivefutures.ca), amongst other events.

 

Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra Facebook Page HERE

 

Being one of the founders/players for VETO I am also pleased to be producing an upcoming show Friday, May 3, 2013 called 2000 Meilen Unter Dem Meer at VIVO Media Arts Centre including artists: Trautonia Capra, vocalist/thereminst from Germany, VETO, Spectrum Interview, phonal and Merlyn Chipman. I will post an event announcement for this show this week.

 

Special thanks: VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver Courier


 


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Since August 2012, I have been a part of Vancouver-based, digital eco-art group LocoMotoArt, comprising 20 national and international new media artists. We now have a Facebook Page! Please Like, Share and stay tuned for posts of our activities, accomplishments and upcoming outdoor events.

 

LocoMotoArt Facebook Page HERE

 

LocoMotoArt was first conceived as part of the Master of Arts thesis of transdisciplinary artist Laura Lee Coles at Simon Fraser University School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Her thesis is entitled: "Utilizing the Natural Environment for the Exhibition of New Media."

 

LocoMotoArt is a creative field system that uses portable marine batteries to power electronics in natural settings and solar panels to recharge the batteries. LocoMotoArt provides artists the capacity to display, exhibit and perform new media works in urban natural settings and other outdoor environments, including “wilder” or “wilderness” locations.

 

LocoMotoArt artists include:
Graham Brown, Sammy Chien, Merlyn Chipman, Laura Lee Coles, Beth Curruthers, Patrick Daggitt, Brian Kent Gotro, Jamie Griffiths, Bobbi Kozinuk, David Leith, Mark Nazemi, Maryam Mobini, Sebnem Ozpeta, Wynne Palmer, Dinka Pignon, Rob Scharein, Sarah Shamash, Phil Thomson, Miles Thorogood, Vincent Van Haaff.



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As the crocus are now blooming in Vancouver, I too am coming out of hybernation with my To Do lists to take me through the year. The first half of this year is shaping up to be very productive.

 

Professional Development: Intro to Digital Sound Design (completed + passed)

2 grant writing workshops

Grant writing and submissions

Checking out artist in residency opportunities for LocoMotoArt

Site inspection for summer shows

Interdisciplinary Media Artist Association/Population of Noise Art Collective fundraiser event

2 visual shows, 1 sound show, 1 curatorial (announcements to come)



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Like many artists, I am a creature of habit when it comes to planning and implementing my creative year. With the weather being dark and dreary through the winter, I curl up in front of the fire and try to use my time wisely by researching and planning new projects which I then priortize and will work on for the year. Considering I am an interdiscipliary artist, this can be a daunting task, as there is the concept research and then the technical research. I have literally pages of ideas, some of which I wonder if I will ever get to! There are many factors that will inform these decisions including: Is the project for a collective I am working with? Is it for a grant or residency I am applying for? Is it for a specific show? Is it in conjunction with a workshop or course I have taken and want to expand into a project? Decisions, decisions.... currently I am paring down ideas that I am interested in pursuing for this year which include: mixed media works on paper concerning identity, an outdoor installation involving light and luminescence, an audio piece for an installation.

 

That being said, the other thing I do every year from Jan. - June is take workshops and in-person or online courses for professional development. These usually fall into two groups: art administration ie grant writing and skill development ie learning a new software or equipment. Before the end of January I will be attending a civic grant writing workshop and have just started an online course in digital sound design.

 

Many young artists don't realize that pursuing professional development, even after you have finished formal art training, will feed your work and inspire you. You can't help but grow by incorporating new ideas and I have always found that the networking involved always pays off. Never stop learning!



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Working as a graphic designer and now an artist for years, the one thing I have noticed in using computer software, hardware and peripherals is how many companies design user interface from an engineer or programmer's point of view and not the user. It's almost like the user is out of the loop or an after-thought when it comes to the product or service. Obtaining user feedback and making requested changes for ease of use is still not a common occurance, until now.

 

Eric Deis of Artist Run Website was kind enough to ask me for a testimonial for his website. I was happy to do this as I've been so pleased with the features, ease of use and the great customer service his company provides. Being a working artist and web designer, Deis is a breath of fresh air in running a very user-friendly site to build your own aritist website.

 

www.artistrunwebsite.com