Not Sent Letters & Guests @ dharmalab

Saturday Night, January 14th, 2011 Not Sent Letters Set

interdisciplinary works by
Anakana Schofield & Lori Weidenhammer, Rina Liddle & Nola Semczyzn, Ron Stuber & Colin McLaine, Soressa Gardner & Dennis E. Bolen
digitalfilm short by
Leannej & My Name Is Scotvideo installation by
Katherine SomodyNot Sent Letters Set by
Jeremy Todd w/ Andrew Short
featuring Margot Leigh Butler, Natasha McHardy, Dinka Pignon, Yi Xin Tong, Dennis E. Bolen
postlude new music by
NOT SENT LETTERS is an ongoing series of epistolary detours by JEREMY TODD (an entanglement w/ practices of the self & the politics of representation) involving online image/text posts, digital film shorts & multi-media performances. The dharmalab letters set will include live scores by ANDREW SHORT, image projection, & letters selected from the project blog ( & read by MARGOT LEIGH BUTLER, NATASHA McHARDY, DINKA PIGNON, JEREMY TODD, YI XIN TONG & DENNIS E. BOLEN. dharmalab Not Sent Letters Set (January 14, 2011): 

Margot Leigh Butler reads a Not Sent Letter as Andrw Short provides a score & Jeremy Todd projects – photo sent in by Heidi Nagtegaal 
Digital Short Contributions
@ dharmalabVancouver, 1814 Pandora (N. of Hastings, E. of Commercial @ Salsbury)Friday Night, January 14, 2011, 8pm SHARP!
$5 suggested donation (toward production expenses)

Video documentation by Matilda Aslizadeh.Special Thank You to Charlene Vickers & Matilda Aslizadeh.

KATHERINE SOMODY (part artist, critic, skeptic & cautious romantic) screens the first in a series of self-portraits exploring relations between music & video, memory & storytelling, textual & somatic language – while trying (perhaps in vain) to disentangle the personal from the socially prescribed. LEANNEJ & MY NAME IS SCOT (two interdisciplinary artists engaging issues of class, identity & agency while living in Vancouver’s DTES) screen Calculating 63: More than 15 years, over 63 lives, way too many excuses, endless questions, zero good reasons & only 1 perpetrator? Something in this equation doesn’t add up. This collaboration sifts through the statistics, looking for feeling & meaning behind the numbers and finding out that poverty, violence & exploitation can disappear just about anyone. A digital film thank you from Colin McLaine for Not Sent Letters & Guests – sent to Jeremy Todd after the Jan. 14, 2011 dharmalab event in Vancouver.

 Interdisciplinary Contributions
SORESSA GARDNER & DENNIS E. BOLEN (a singer/composer/performance artist & novelist/editor/teacher/journalist) combine prose, poetry and electronica within a new collaborative work @ Not Sent Letters & Guests. RINA LIDDLE & NOLA SEMCZYZN (two interdisciplinary artists exploring art making as a methodology for analysis & criticism of social structures) present DIY Lover, a performative inquiry into the material configuration of dating guides. RON STUBER & COLIN McLAINE (a drummer/percussionist & visual artist/composer) perform Shed, a work composed in a Strathcona shed for electric guitar and drums that might also involve the shedding of light, skin and inhibitions. ANAKANA SCHOFIELD & LORI WEIDENHAMMER (two Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists & friends) expand Schofield’s dialogue w/ Helen Potrebenko’s 1975 Vancouver novel Taxi! through an embodied exploration of transaction involving readers/listeners. Weidenhammer’s Security Guard examines these encounters by providing “market research” on various sitters.
 The Night In Pictures:
Coming in – photo sent in by Irene Kobylkin-Somody Rina Liddle & Nola Semczyszyn perform DIY Lover – photo sent in by Heidi Nagtegaal Rehearsal for the dharmalab Not Sent Letters Set: Natasha Mchardy, Andrew Short, Dinka Pignon, Yi Xin Tong and Margot Leigh Butler (Dennis E. Bolen left early to host a poetry event and Jeremy Todd is behind the camera). Anticipated Results debuts – photo sent in by Heidi Nagtegaal.
HERES THE TABMingling in front of Katherine Somody’s screening – photo sent in by Irene Kobylkin-Somody Matilda Aslizadeh (after video documenting all night) & Natasha McHardy (post-Not Sent Leter reading) in the dharmalab meditation chamber – photo sent in by Charlene Vickers Lori Weidenhammer’s Security Guard deployed…    …