Not Sent Letters & Guests @ The Toast Collective

 

Saturday Night, March 25, 2015 Not Sent Letters Set Interdisciplinary Contributions
interdisciplinary works by
MARIANE BOURCHEIX-LAPORTE
NIKOLAI GAUER
MIRAE ROSNER & PROPHECY SUN
ERIN SIDDALL
digital shorts by
MARGARET DRAGU
ELMIRA HABIBULLAH
GRAHAM MEISNER
CARLOS COLIN MORENO
SARAH SHAMASH
looping documentation of a performance by
CHARLENE VICKERS & MARIA HUPFIELD
a Not Sent Letters Set by
JEREMY TODD in collaboration w/ CHRISTINE DEWAR, ELISA FERRARI, RANDY GLEDHILL, GRAHAM MEISNER, CARLOS COLIN MORENO & DAMLA TAMER
JEREMY TODD presents a new NOT SENT LETTERS SET featuring projections, live music scoring by GRAHAM MEISNER and letters selected and read from the project archive by CHRISTINE DEWAR, ELISA FERRARI, RANDY GLEDHILL, CARLOS COLIN MORENO & DAMLA TAMER:

MIRAE ROSNER & PROPHECY SUN (two Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists, longstanding collaborators and founding members of Dance Troupe Practice) present work from Dinner For Four, a video and performance series for two performers and vintage high chairs that sources the shifting relationship between the responsibilities and quiet joys of motherhood.  The audience is invited to the threshold of a mental/emotional space that is considered both private and public. MARIANE BOURCHEIX-LAPORTE is an artist and curator whose work infiltrates public space to test the elasticity of its codes and regulatory mechanisms. For NSL&G she presents Open to the Public, a performance that questions the concept of public-ness as it is represented through the use of English colloquialisms.
Hosted By
@ The Toast Collective

648 Kingsway, Vancouver

 

SPECIAL THANKS to Andrea Creamer (hosting/organizing), Kate Henderson (photography), Sarah Shamash (photography), Torin Chambers (technical assistance & videography) & Natasha McHardy.

NIKOLAI GAUER is an artist who investigates processes of decision-making and uncertainty, often problematizing notions of the finished work of art. For NSL&G, he will present a poetic deliberation on the nature of borders and limits, beginnings and ends, with the hope of taking the assembled crowd on an adventure (from the inside of their own mouths to the absolute limits of their understandings of nature).

Live voiceover/commentary by Erin Siddall and Sean Arden during the screening of Clean Guns.

 

ERIN SIDDALL is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily engages viewers within considerations of looking (rather than what is being looked at). For NSL&G she debuts Clean Guns, a short film in which her dying stepfather cleans his gun for the last time. Despite her chronically injured shoulders, Siddall used a handheld 16mm camera to shoot the footage, mirroring an impotence of intentions in relation to the apparatus. Live commentary accompanies the screening.

Clean Guns by Erin Siddall [film only].

 

Digital Short Films
ELMIRA HABIBULLAH is a Visual Arts major at SFU and holds a Geology degree from the University of Tehran.  For NSL&G she presents the digital short Good Morning Sky Train, exploring an intersection between immobilized urban commuters and the animated architecture surrounding them. GRAHAM MEISNER a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and musician originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, returns to NSL&G with Kanata, a music video for the election year (expressing a concern that many Canadians have about the negative effects of Harper government policy on both domestic and foreign affairs). SARAH SHAMASH, a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist, presents an anti-trailer trailer for her first feature length documentary project titled: Kwanxwala – Thunder. Shot on location in Alert Bay over a period of several years, this film essay is a story about women’s soccer in Alert Bay, and about all of those things individually: women – soccer – Alert Bay. CARLOS COLIN MORENO is an interdisciplinary artist from Mexico City now pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC. For NSL&G he presents his participation in the collective video project Nos Siguen Faltand (They’re Still Missing), organized by Eden Bastida in relation to the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.
CHARLENE VICKERS & MARIA HUPFIELD return to NSL&G with documentation of a recent Vestige Vagabond presentation (a collaborative performance of sculptural works first realized for NSL&G in 2010). Through choreographed movements and free demonstrations of handmade items worn and carried on the body, Vestige Vagabond explores a mash-up of cross-cultural references, mixed with humour and the human spirit. The looped footage is from a performance at Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, in June of 2014. MARGARET DRAGU aka Verb Woman, aka Lady Justice, aka nuestra senora del pan, is a renowned interdisciplinary performance artist living and working in Vancouver. She returns to NSL&G to present RISING:  Bread Stories Newfoundland (part 2 of her series of community bread performances and stories, shot in 2005 and produced in 2011).
The Evening In Pictures:


Not Sent Letters Set run-through, March 15, 2015, for the NSL&G event at The Toast Collective Space, Vancouver, Saturday Night, March 21, 2015 (l-r): Graham Meisner (live scoring), Jeremy Todd (coordination, writing & visual projections), Damla Tamer & Mavi (letter selection & reading), Elisa Ferrari (letter selection & reading), Randy Gledhill (letter selection & reading), Christine Dewar (letter selection & reading) and Carlos Colin Moreno (letter selection & reading) — thanks for the photo Makiko Hara. Elisa Ferrari reads To Yvonne Rainer (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson setting up PEOPLE – photo by Kate Henderson
prOphecy sun & Mirae Rosner performing Dinner For Four – photo by Kate Henderson Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte performs Open to the Public – photo by Kate Henderson Damla Tamer reads To The Roofers (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson Nikolai Gauer presents – photo by Kate Henderson
Randy Gledhill reads To Fools (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson Erin Siddall (w/ Sean Arden) reads during the screening of Clean Guns – photo by Kate Henderson Carlos Colin Moreno reads To Bohemia (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set Christine Dewar reads To Ghost Ships (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson
prOphecy sun & Mirae Rosner performing Dinner For Four – photo by Kate Henderson Damla Tamer reads To The Roofers (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Sarah Shamash PEOPLE – photo by Kate Henderson Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte performs Open to the Public – photo by Sarah Shamash
Carlos Colin Moreno reads To Bohemia (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson Nikolai Gauer presents – photo by Kate Henderson Elisa Ferrari reads To Yvonne Rainer (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson Charlene Vickers sits by her presentation of documentation and artifacts from Vestige Vagabond, an ongoing collaboration with Maria Hupfield
Jeremy Todd introducing something – photo by Kate Henderson Christine Dewar reads To Ghost Ships (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson Erin Siddall (w/ Sean Arden) reads during the screening of Clean Guns – photo by Kate Henderson Toast Bar in the distance – photo by Kate Henderson
Randy Gledhill reads To Fools (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte performs Open to the Public – photo by Sarah Shamash Damla Tamer reads To The Roofers (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson photo of Maria Hupfield & Charlene Vickers from a previous Vestige Vagabond performance
Elisa Ferrari reads To Yvonne Rainer (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Sarah Shamash prOphecy sun & Mirae Rosner performing Dinner For Four – photo by Kate Henderson Carlos Colin Moreno reads To Bohemia (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Kate Henderson Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte performs Open to the Public – photo by Sarah Shamash
Christine Dewar reads To Ghost Ships (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Sarah Shamash Nikolai Gauer presents – photo by Kate Henderson Randy Gledhill reads To Fools (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Sarah Shamash Elisa Ferrari reads To Yvonne Rainer (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Sarah Shamash
prOphecy sun & Mirae Rosner performing Dinner For Four – photo by Kate Henderson Carlos Colin Moreno reads To Bohemia (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Sarah Shamash Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte performs Open to the Public – photo by Kate Henderson Christine Dewar reads To Ghost Ships (first letter) during the Not Sent Letters Set – photo by Sarah Shamash