Not Sent Letters & Guests @ VIVO Media Arts Centre

Saturday Night, September 28th, 2013 Not Sent Letters Set Interdisciplinary Contributions

interdisciplinary works by

SARAH SHEARD
DINKA PIGNON & IVA MLADENOVIC

NEIL EUSTACHE & CHARLENE VICKERS

digital film shorts by

ANNA MARIE REPSTOCK & MIKE CONROY

KATE HENDERSON

SARAH SHAMASH

GRAHAM MEISNER

Not Sent Letters Set by

JEREMY TODD
featuring

CAROL SAWYER, MARINA ROY, GRAHAM MEISNER, DONATO MANCINI & CRISTA DAHLlive new music by

LEAH ABRAMSON & KORI MIYANISHI

(w/ Patrick Metzger)

This new Not Sent Letters Set features Not Sent Letters by JEREMY TODD selected from the project archive and read by Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists CAROL SAWYER, MARINA ROY, DONATO MANCINI & CRISTA DAHL. The work also incorporates live scoring by GRAHAM MEISNER and both still and animated projections by JEREMY TODD.Not Sent Letters Set @ VIVO Media Arts, September 28, 2013:

DINKA PIGNON, a senior new media and interdisciplinary artist, collaborates with her niece IVA MLADENOVIC to present Taming The Hydra:  a quiet performance by a virtual head assembly, honoring Dantika, daughter of the King of Kosala (a district in India at the time of the Buddha). One day Dantika observes an elephant obeying its master’s commands.  She reflects upon the situation, “seeing what was wild before gone tame under human hands”, and becomes a fully enlightened arahant. SARAH SHEARD, an Ontario-based novelist and Gestalt therapist, presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht.  Sheard enacts a two-chair dialogue experiment with late playwright Brecht, the protagonist of her recent novel KRANK: Love in the New Dark Times.  In KRANK, Brecht’s time and Sheard’s own come clashing together in Toronto’s infamous G20 riots and later, in a trip back in time to Berlin.  See  http://krankthebook.com/
@ VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main Street, Vancouver
Saturday Night, September 28, 2013
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

CRISTA DAHL, ALEX MUIR, ALAN KOLLINS, MATILDA ASLIZADEH, NICK LAKOWSKI, KATE HENDERSON, VIVO Staff & Volunteers.

NEIL EUSTACHE & CHARLENE VICKERS debut a work as part of their ongoing Cool Indians On Main Street project. Since 2007, spontaneous meetings have taken place over coffee, sandwiches and the photo documentation of passers-by from a bench at the corner of Main and 13th in Vancouver.  Not Sent Letters Comrades are invited to stand as participants and audience members during the presentation of a mighty, towering bench inside VIVO. Improvised performance, storytelling and occasional heckling are to be expected. KORI MIYANISHI postponed a Not Sent Letters & Guests performance in June to attend the birth of his child!  He returns this September to collaborate with LEAH ABRAMSON, another singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist rooted in traditional American music and improvisation.  They debut a collection of short pieces about the past, present and nostalgia, exploring their potential integration within a cohesive body of work.
Digital Short Contributions
SARAH SHAMASH is a Vancouver-based artist experimenting with mapping strategies to convey experiential knowledge through everyday life.  For Not Sent Letters & Guests she presents the letters A, B and I from her ongoing modular series The Alphabet Project.  Each letter/piece deploys its own language and narrative: A is for Aerial, B is for Bathtub, and I is for Idle No More.  The 26 letters of the alphabet will eventually be assembled through a website, allowing users to spell words and generate edited sequences with them. ANNA MARIE REPSTOCK, a Vancouver-based artist, painter and recent SFU MFA graduate, collaborates for the first time with her longtime partner MIKE CONROY.  Together they present a video documenting Anna’s process in writing a letter to Van Morrison.
KATE HENDERSON is a Vancouver-based artist and photographer now completing an MFA at UBC.  For Not Sent Letters & Guests she continues to navigate transitional spaces between the analog and the digital in relation to lens-based technologies.  Kate will deploy monologue narration, found imagery and projection to consider how these mechanical changes are impacting our bodies, perceptions, and experiences. GRAHAM MEISNER returns to Not Sent Letters & Guests with a new short film/song about digital internet-related surveillance.
The Night In Pictures
Setting up…Photo by Nick Lakowski. Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Crista Dahl & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Sarah Sheard presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht. See http://krankthebook.com
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Dinka Pignon presents Taming The Hydra (featuring Iva Mladenovic).
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Charlene Vickers places objects on the Cool Indians On Main Street VIVO bench.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Kori Miyanishi performs.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Carol Sawyer & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Greetings and thanks beside the Cool Indians On Main Street VIVO bench.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Sarah Sheard presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht. See http://krankthebook.com/
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Dinka Pignon presents Taming The Hydra (featuring Iva Mladenovic).
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Hanging out on the Cool Indians On Main Street VIVO bench.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Patrick Metzger, Leah Abramson & Kori Miyanishi perform.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Dinka Pignon presents Taming The Hydra (featuring Iva Mladenovic).
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Donato Mancini & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Watching…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Carol Sawyer & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Charlene Vickers & Neil Eustache discuss Cool Indians On Main Street VIVO bench plans.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Kori Miyanishi performs.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Dinka Pignon presents Taming The Hydra (featuring Iva Mladenovic).
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Marina Roy & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Sarah Sheard presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht. See http://krankthebook.com/
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Dinka Pignon presents Taming The Hydra (featuring Iva Mladenovic).
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Crista Dahl)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Leah Abramson performs.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Sarah Sheard presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht. See http://krankthebook.com/
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Donato Mancini & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
T-shirts for sale by the Cool Indians On Main Street VIVO bench.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Sarah Shamash’s I Is For Idle No More screens in a loop.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Crista Dahl & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Alex gets everything working for everybody else.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Dinka Pignon presents Taming The Hydra (featuring Iva Mladenovic).
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Leah Abramson & Kori Miyanishi perform.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Carol Sawyer & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Sarah Shamash’s A Is For Aerial screens.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Sarah Sheard presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht. See http://krankthebook.com/
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Donato Mancini & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Kate Henderson’s digital short screens.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Dinka Pignon presents Taming The Hydra (featuring Iva Mladenovic).
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Neal Eustache makes a t-shirt sale away from the Cool Indians On Main Street VIVO bench. Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Marina Roy & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Marina Roy)…
Photo by Kate Henderson.
From inside the VIVO Video Bar. Leah Abramson & Kori Miyanishi perform.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Anna Marie Repstock & Mike Conroy screen a letter to Van Morrison.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Sarah Sheard presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht. See http://krankthebook.com/ Not Sent Letters Set in progress (Carol Sawyer & Graham Meisner)…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Kori Miyanishi performs.
Photo by Kate Henderson.
Sarah Shamash’s B Is For Bathtub screens.
Photo by Nick Lakowski.
Drifting in before the beginning…
Photo by Nick Lakowski.