NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS

NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS

FRIDAY , APRIL 4, 2014, 8PM

ADMISSION: $5-$20 suggested sliding scale donation (toward event production costs)
* No one will be turned away due to lack of funds
Not Sent Letters & Guests @ VIVO Media Arts Centre, April 4, 2014INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKS BY
Coupe
Tara Travis & Elizabeth Milton
Soressa Gardner & Dennis E. Bolen

ONGOING PROJECTIONS AND DIGITAL SHORTS BY
Manuel Piña
Annie Briard

DIGITAL SHORTS BY
Dahlačkov
Kristen Roos, Paolo Pennuti & Elisa Ferrari
Graham Meisner
Laura Lamb
Edén Bastida Kullick
Kate Henderson
Margaret Dragu
a reading by
Neil Eustache

A NOT SENT LETTER SET BY
Jeremy Todd w/ Elizabeth Milton & Graham Meisner

Not Sent Letters & Guests form public constellations of engaged interdisciplinary practice, unmediated by the realpolitik conditions of contemporary art as a competitive professional sphere. The interrelatedness of art, society and everyday life is critically explored amongst a diverse plurality of artists and publics. Jeremy Todd instigates each event as an extension of his ongoing Not Sent Letters Project, an entanglement with the production of meaning, self and cultural memory, involving image/text epistolary detours online (since 2005), digital shorts, interdisciplinary performance works and cooperatively realized public events: http://notsentlettersproject.com/

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, will be presented with projected video for NSL&G.

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.

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).

Manuel Piña
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 new, ongoing projections and digital shorts that generate narratives around looking, the city (both Vancouver and Havana are featured prominently), 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.

Dahlačkov
is a collaboration between Selena Junačkov & Mark Dahl, who live and work in Belgrade, Serbia (Dahl is originally from Vancouver). Their practice takes inter-subjectivity as a basic premise while focusing on intertextuality, heteroglossia, irony and ideological critique. The Dahlačkov approach to art is not interested in the artistic object as such but rather in social relations and communication. For NSL&G, Dahlačkov 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.

Edén 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.

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.

Jeremy Todd
presents a new Not Sent Letters Set featuring Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists Elizabeth Milton & Graham Meisner. The work incorporates performance, projections, live scoring, reading, audience engagement and play with letters to Loading My Pack, Columbo Devotees and Typing Into The Internet, from the project archive:
http://notsentlettersproject.com/category/letters

Email
Jeremy Todd to HOST or CONTRIBUTE to a future Not Sent Letters & Guests event: jeremytodd@notsentlettersproject.com

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previous Not Sent Letters & Guests events here:
http://notsentlettersproject.com/category/events

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SPECIAL THANKS to all VIVO Media Arts Centre Staff & Volunteers.