Not Sent Letters & Guests @ VIVO Media Arts Centre

 

Saturday Night, June 13, 2015 Not Sent Letters Set Interdisciplinary Contributions
interdisciplinary works by

JUDY JHEUNG & JANICE CHEUNG

KAREN KNIGHTS & CRISTA DAHL

MARIE-HELENE TESSIER, STEVEN AUDIA, MATT TECSON & FRIENDS

MARK DAHL

PIETRO SAMMARCO & KATE HENDERSON

ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ

 

a musical performance by

FREDERICK CUMMINGS

 

digital shorts by

AMY MODAHL

CYNTHIA FLEUR BRONAUGH

ELMIRA HABIBULLAH

MARINA ROY & GRAHAM MEISNER

 

Not Sent Letters Set by JEREMY TODD

in collaboration w/ BEN WILSON, KATE HENDERSON, ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ, MARK DAHL & MARGARET DRAGU

JEREMY TODD presents a new NOT SENT LETTERS SET featuring projections, live music scoring by BEN WILSON and letters selected and read from the project archive by ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ, MARK DAHL, MARGARET DRAGUKATE HENDERSON:

PIETRO SAMMARCO & KATE HENDERSON (both Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists) animate a few descriptions of Vancouver’s “hippy problem” found in complaint letters that were written in the late sixties and now sit in a folder within the Vancouver Archives. This folder was created by the Kitsilano Ratepayer’s Association (KRA), a group of property owners in Vancouver’s west side neighbourhood, and is an artifact of its coordinated efforts. As historian Daniel Ross has shown, defining the “hippy problem” was a way for neighbourhood elites to make sense of, and control, the new identities converging in Kitsilano, “based on a youthful and sometimes hedonistic exploration of alternatives to middle-class values and consumer capitalism.” KAREN KNIGHTS & CRISTA DAHL (a past librarian and current committee member of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive — and an original member of the Satellite Video Exchange Society responsible for the formation and continued maintenance of VIVO’s archive) debut Predict My Future For Free. Through readings of early manifestos, forgotten correspondence, arcane notations, and imagery, disparate pathways to an imagined future are traced; pulled from the remnant hoard of sporadic intercourse between purposive individuals, collectives, and paralytic institutions found in the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.
Hosted By
VIVO Media Arts Centre

2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver

 

SPECIAL THANKS to ELISA FERRARI (hosting venue facilitator), NIKOLAI GAUER (technical set-up & management), BRIT BACHMANN (venue management & volunteer coordination), ALISHA WENG (photography) & SEBNEM OZPETA (videography).

ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ (a cross-disciplined artist living in Vancouver) returns to NSL&G to present a performative mapping project accompanied by text, sound, participation and animation. The work stems from her latest project called QUO, a tribute and record to each minute passed. The project proceeds from the void. QUO is an active painting where peripheral landscapes dominate the imagery, looking into somewhere (wherever).

JUDY JHEUNG & JANICE CHEUNG (Vancouver-based artists focusing on perceptual realities within urban movement and the incorporation of multiples and extended media within installation respectively) debut Conjectured State, exploring digital representations and their effects on personal connection in the tangible world. Through projection and live performance, the work hints at the impact of technological embodiment upon psychological being.

FREDERICK CUMMINGS (a Vancouver-based video and performance artist currently sewing towards a fashion collection) provides a musical performance relating to his recent series of short videos shot with a cell phone in Stanley Park, featuring acapella songs/singing addressed to current and past lovers.

 

CYNTHIA FLEUR BRONAUGH (an Ontario-born, Vancouver-based artist) returns to NSL&G after debuting her autobiographical slide show MESSAGE during the November 29th, 2014 event at Kranky Cafe. This is the sequel. POST is not a message. It is a headline. MARK DAHL presents a non-medium-specific work.

MARIE-HELENE TESSIERSTEVEN AUDIA, MATT TECSON & FRIENDS present DISPATCH, a letter to VIVO.

 

 

Digital Short Films
MARINA ROY & GRAHAM MEISNER (both Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists) debut The Floating Archipelago, an animated short which imagines a feminist science-fiction utopia coming into existence after a meteorite hits a planet, causing chunks of the planet to fly outward into outer space–islands of ice, trees and rock. Nature itself takes on a supernatural nature: females of all animal species are released from the task of procreation by the waqwaq tree, and humanoid creatures live alongside all sorts of animals because they AMY MODAHL (a BC-based artist and Deception Detection Officer with AmCor, who also teaches communications and linguistics) debuts Dear Hands That Sell, an animated short that re-draws subtle gestures from advertisements, the body language of persuasion, forming a letter in homage, starring bastard versions of those lovely hands that guide us to the products we all require. ELMIRA HABIBULLAH (a Visual Arts major at SFU with a geology degree from the University of Tehran) returns to NSL&G to screen a recent work rendering the effects of media on audience emotions.
The Evening In Pictures:


Not Sent Letters Set run-through, June 1, 2015, for the upcoming event at VIVO media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Saturday Night, June 13, 2015 (l-r): Jeremy Todd (coordination, writing & visual projections), Ben Wilson (live scoring), Kate Henderson (letter selection & reading), Margaret Dragu (on screen and in our hearts, letter selection & reading), Zuzia Juszkiewicz (letter selection & reading) and Mark Dahl (letter selection & reading): Margaret Dragu reads To Plenty Horses during the Not Sent Letters Set. Photo by Alisha Weng. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng. Janice Cheung & Judy Jheung present Conjectured State. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Frederick Cummings perfroms. Photo by Alisha Weng. Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Marie-Helene Tessier & Friends present Dispatch. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Zuzia Juszkiewicz presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Mark Dahl presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Kate Henderson reads To Summer during the Not Sent Letters Set. Photo by Alisha Weng. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng. Janice Cheung & Judy Jheung present Conjectured State. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Frederick Cummings perfroms. Photo by Alisha Weng. Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Marie-Helene Tessier & Friends present Dispatch. Photo by Alisha Weng. Zuzia Juszkiewicz presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Mark Dahl presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Mark Dahl reads To This Hatred Of The Homeless as Ben Wilson performs live scoring during the Not Sent Letters Set. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng. Janice Cheung & Judy Jheung present Conjectured State. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Frederick Cummings perfroms. Photo by Alisha Weng. Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Marie-Helene Tessier & Friends present Dispatch. Photo by Alisha Weng. Zuzia Juszkiewicz presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Mark Dahl presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Thanking people and introducing stuff…
Photo by Alisha Weng.
Zuzia Juszkiewicz reads People Pulled From Bogs, Dethawed From Glaciers, The Sides Of Mountains, Extracted From Old Battlefields, Landslides And The Like as Ben Wilson performs live scoring during the Not Sent Letters Set. Photo by Alisha Weng. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Janice Cheung & Judy Jheung present Conjectured State. Photo by Alisha Weng. Frederick Cummings perfroms. Photo by Alisha Weng. Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Marie-Helene Tessier & Friends present Dispatch. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Zuzia Juszkiewicz presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Mark Dahl presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Margaret Dragu reads To Plenty Horses during the Not Sent Letters Set. Photo by Alisha Weng. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Janice Cheung & Judy Jheung present Conjectured State. Photo by Alisha Weng. Frederick Cummings performs.  Photo by Alisha Weng. Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Marie-Helene Tessier & Friends present Dispatch. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Zuzia Juszkiewicz presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Mark Dahl reads To This Hatred Of The Homeless during the Not Sent Letters Set. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng. Janice Cheung & Judy Jheung present Conjectured State. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Marie-Helene Tessier & Friends present Dispatch. Photo by Alisha Weng. Kate Henderson reads To Summer as Ben Wilson performs live scoring during the Not Sent Letters Set. Photo by Alisha Weng. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Mark Dahl presents a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Not Sent Letters Set detritus…
Photo by Alisha Weng.
Margaret Dragu reads To Plenty Horses during the Not Sent Letters Set. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng. Crista Dahl & Karen Knights present Predict My Future For Free. Photo by Alisha Weng. Zuzia Juszkiewicz reads People Pulled From Bogs, Dethawed From Glaciers, The Sides Of Mountains, Extracted From Old Battlefields, Landslides And The Like during the Not Sent Letters Set. Photo by Alisha Weng. Pietro Sammarco & Kate Henderson present a new work. Photo by Alisha Weng.