SyntheticSound: Experimental Music Chronicles From The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive, Video Out Distribution
Panel Discussion with Lief Hall, Gary Bourgeois and Alan Kollins: 9:15pm
Following two much lauded screenings in Berlin, Video Out Distribution at VIVO Media Arts is pleased to present the local edition of SyntheticSound, a dynamic video program featuring experimental music as its source.
The program chronicles movements in music composition and performance, multi-media / video experimentation, technological advancements and subculture developments with works dating from the 1960s to the present. Rarely screened works featuring Terry Riley, Throbbing Gristle, Tunnel Canary; multiple Canadian musicians and video artists are highlighted. The archive’s oldest title, Music With Balls (1968), will be screened in all its live video editing glory! All titles culled from The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive, housed, managed and loved by VIVO Media Arts Centre.
A panel discussion to follow featuring guest speakers Lief Hall, Gary Bourgeoisie and Alan Kollins. Moderated by Shauna Jean Doherty.
Video program runs approximately 95 minutes.
Lief Hall’s multidisciplinary practice employs light, sound, sculpture and movement to create affective environments. Her installations, performances and compositions induce tension between the virtual and real by projecting 3D computer animation and video onto bodies and fluid sculptural objects made of paper and textiles. She works with the textural and non-narrative qualities of voice to mimic nature, machines and non-human beings; composing a sonic landscape unhindered by formal music structure or symbolic language. This experimentation is expressed in Hall’s current musical projects, the improvisational sound art trio Glaciers and dark electro duo MYTHS.
Gary is a professional educator, programmer and musician He has extensive experience in music performance and generative music programming and composition.
Gary came to VFS in 1994 after six years with Annex Professional, where he served as a Sales Representative/Consultant for MIDI/Digital Audio and a Certified Avid Product Specialist. At VFS, Gary designed and implemented the Audio curriculum, and was appointed Director of New Media Studies in 1999. In 2001, Gary was responsible for designing the original version of the Sound Design For Visual Media program.
Alan Kollins is a Vancouver based curator who has worked in artist run centres since 2003. He assisted in creating the fifty fifty arts collective (Victoria, BC) where he worked as a programmer and administrator for 7 years. Alan has worked as an administrator at VIVO Media Arts (Vancouver), Open Space Arts Society (Victoria, BC) and as a Distribution Assistant at Video Out Distribution (Vancouver, BC) where he helped maintain a video archive that dates back to 1973. Alan recently co-curated a retrospective screening of Canadian Queer cinema for the Out On Screen Film Festival (Vancouver, BC) in conjunction with the National Queer Database and the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive at VIVO Media Arts. Alan earned a BA in Film Studies from the University of Victoria. He continues to explore an independent curatorial practice in the Vancouver region.