Not Sent Letters & Guests @ VIVO Media Arts Centre

Friday Night, April 4th, 2014 Not Sent Letters Set Interdisciplinary Contributions

interdisciplinary works by Coupe, Tara Travis & Elizabeth Milton, Soressa Gardner & Dennis E. Bolen

ongoing projections & digital shorts by Manuel Piña, Annie Briard

digital shorts by Dahlackov

Kristen Roos, Paolo Pennuti & Elisa Ferrari

Graham Meisner, Laura Lamb, Edén Bastida Kullick, Kate Henderson, Margaret Dragu

a reading by Neil Eustache

a new Not Sent Letters Set by Jeremy Todd w/ Elizabeth Milton & Graham Meisner

JEREMY TODD presents a new NOT SENT LETTERS SET featuring Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists ELIZABETH MILTON (live piano scoring) & GRAHAM MEISNER(reading). The work also incorporates performance, projections, audience engagement and play with letters to Loading My Pack, Columbo Devotees and Typing Into The Internet, from the project archive.

Not Sent Letters Set @ VIVO Media Arts, April 4, 2014:

ELIZABETH MILTON & TARA TRAVIS have been collaborating since 2005. Milton is a Vancouver-based performance and media artist. Travis is an actor-writer-puppeteer, Artistic Producer of Monster Theatre and co-founder and Artistic Director of Sticky Fingers Productions. For NSL&G they present a new work that extends their use of humour to critically investigate the garish excesses of popular culture. NEIL EUSTACHE returns to NSL&G after presenting the interactive Cool Indians On Main Street VIVO Bench last fall with Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist Charlene Vickers. Eustache, a wannabe Indian extra who’s seriously part white, will read from his most recent poems and other writings.
@ VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main Street, Vancouver
Friday Night, April 4, 2014
3 Hour Programme Only:  8-11pm
$5-$20 suggested sliding scale donation (toward event production costs)
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Special thanks to ELISA FERRARI, ALEX MUIR, JOHN BRENNAN, SARAH SHAMASH, KATE HENDERSON, SEBNEM OZPETA, VIVO Staff & Volunteers.

SORESSA GARDNER & DENNIS E. BOLEN return to NSL&G with a new interdisciplinary work, using material from Bolen’s recently published poetry collection Black Liquor to explore both post-war, working-class malaise and the cynically reasoned present. Gardner is a new music composer and classically trained vocalist. Bolen is a novelist, editor, teacher and journalist (as well as Gardner’s partner and frequent collaborator). COUPE is a multi-disciplinary artist collective experimenting with the construction of shared meaning. The group has drawn lines across unfolding political sequences since its Vancouver-based formation in 2010. Two recent collective texts, Year Zero and Unnamed, are presented with projected video for NSL&G.
Digital Shorts
MANUEL PINA is a Vancouver-based artist and teacher originally from Havana, Cuba. Much of his recent work considers the ways in which images are conceived, consumed and understood within digitally mediated culture(s). For NSL&G he presents a new ongoing projection and the digital short La Tarda, generating narratives around looking, the city, landscape, power, history and social relations. ANNIE BRIARD is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker originally from Montreal, Quebec. Her work focuses on vision and affect, utilizing embodiment, reverie and ocular/perceptual phenomena. For NSL&G she debuts two works from her ongoing Perceptual Moments series, Presence (a looped moving image projection) and the digital short Horizon Blur. DAHLACKOV is a collaboration between Selena Junackov & Mark Dahl, who live and work in Belgrade, Serbia (Dahl is originally from Vancouver). Their practice takes intersubjectivity as a basic premise while focusing on intertextuality, heteroglossia, irony and ideological critique. The Dahlackov approach to art is not interested in the artistic object as such but rather in social relations and communication. For NSL&G, Dahlackov present their first digital short. KRISTEN ROOS, PAOLO PENNUTI & ELISA FERRARI present Bluse, a visual response by Ferrari and Pennuti (two Italian interdisciplinary artists now living and working in Canada) to music first composed by Roos (a Vancouver-based sound artist) in 2011. The audio is inspired by the soundtrack work of Ben Frost, Jon Hopkins and Jonny Greenwood. Ferrari and Pennuti recorded the images used in the work during several backpacking trips through Mount Robson Provincial Park and Kootenay National Park in 2010-11 (while working on a video installation about a missing hiker).
GRAHAM MEISNER, a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and musician originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, returns to NSL&G with a new series of digital shorts utilizing parody, popular song and vulgarity to engage with current events and the uncertainties of contemporary life. LAURA LAMB is a Vancouver-based visual artist originally from Kenora, Ontario. Her work explores the appearance of narrative; the struggle to live authentically; displacement, marginality, utopia and disaster. Before creating the umbrella project and fictive world of Lamb’s Performing Objects, Laura created bodies of work in video and photography. For NSL&G Lamb presents Bits and Tatters, a recent video work. EDEN BASTIDA KULLICK is an interdisciplinary artist and doctoral student in Buenos Aires, Argentina (originally from Monterrey, Mexico). For NSL&G he presents Stat US, a short digital film questioning the Puerto Rican state, the status of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican statute, and the condition of the state of the United States. The featured anthem serves the poverty of certain states that continue in such a state. KATE HENDERSON is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer and teacher exploring transitional spaces between the analog and the digital in relation to lens-based technologies.  Henderson returns to NSL&G to debut a second digital short addressing the fraught relations between human, analog bodies and mechanical interfaces.
MARGARET DRAGU aka Verb Woman, aka Lady Justice, is a renowned interdisciplinary performance artist living and working in Vancouver. She returns to NSL&G to present material from her ongoing How To Be Old How To Guide series, taking on thoughts and issues to do with aging, culture and society. 3 videos will be screened: Get Devices, Get Rolling and Get Group-y.
The Night In Pictures
Announcing the commencement of a new work by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Kate Henderson. Neil Eustache reads – photo by Sarah Shamash. Not Sent Letters Set in progress (w/ Graham Meisner, Elizabeth Milton & Jeremy Todd) – photo by Kate Henderson. Detail of an ongoing projection by Annie Briard entitled Presence, installed in the Video Bar – photo by Sarah Shamash.
One of Margaret Dragu’s episodes from the How To Be Old How To Guide series in progress – photo by Kate Henderson. Coupe work in progress w/ Nathan Crompton presenting – photo by Sarah Shamash. Dennis E. Bolen & Soressa Gardner perform – photo by Kate Henderson.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (w/ Graham Meisner, Elizabeth Milton & Jeremy Todd) – photo by Sarah Shamash.
Neil Eustache reads – photo by Kate Henderson. Dahla?kov digital short in progress – photo by Sarah Shamash. Photo by Kate Henderson.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
New work in progress by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Sarah Shamash.
New work in progress by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Kate Henderson. Digital short by Edén Bastida Kullick in progress – photo by Sarah Shamash. Saying hello and thanks – photo by Kate Henderson. Detail of an ongoing projection by Manuel Piña installed in the main studio space – photo by Sarah Shamash.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (w/ Graham Meisner, Elizabeth Milton & Jeremy Todd) – photo by Kate Henderson. Neil Eustache reads – photo by Sarah Shamash. New work in progress by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Kate Henderson.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Dennis E. Bolen & Soressa Gardner perform – photo by Sarah Shamash.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Dennis E. Bolen & Soressa Gardner perform – photo by Kate Henderson. Coupe work in progress w/ Nathan Crompton presenting – photo by Sarah Shamash. New work in progress by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Kate Henderson. Not Sent Letters Set in progress (w/ Graham Meisner, Elizabeth Milton & Jeremy Todd) – photo by Sarah Shamash.
New work in progress by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Kate Henderson. Coupe work in progress w/ Nathan Crompton presenting – photo by Sarah Shamash. Coupe work in progress w/ Nathan Crompton presenting – photo by Sarah Shamash. Not Sent Letters Set in progress (w/ Graham Meisner, Elizabeth Milton & Jeremy Todd) – photo by Sarah Shamash.
New work in progress by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Kate Henderson. Not Sent Letters Set in progress (w/ Graham Meisner, Elizabeth Milton & Jeremy Todd) – photo by Sarah Shamash. Dahla?kov digital short in progress – photo by Sarah Shamash. New work in progress by Elizabeth Milton & Tara Travis – photo by Sarah Shamash.