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2014  Projects

Feature Film; Performance; Projections; Large Scale Art Installations and Collaborations.        Project descriptions and artist statements below.

 

March 13 2014- TRIANGLE projection installation for opening of DIGITIZE group show at Moniker Gallery 

TRIANGLE is a large scale three location projection ascension experience. Inaugural blastoff was at Belljar Cafe on February 1st 2014 for VonLiptov. Haus of Dada is happy to be working with Moniker Gallery again to continue to experiment with TRIANGLE enroute to its climax October 4th 7pm between Gallery 2186 Dundas West, Belljar Cafe and Haus of Dada.  

April 30th 2014 -QUEEN 2.0 projection/ performance/ video/ fashion installation at Daniels Spectrum

Queen of the Parade will strut again. The international success of Lisa's performance/projection/fashion installation was originally created for Scotiabank and Harbourfront's Patrick MacCauley. A more modest ten food Queen will be rebuilt and remounted for Partners in Art for their fundraising even ArtRageous In Motion at Daniels Spectrum.

Tickets available through Partners In Art. 

July 31- August 5th- LAW of Transformation: Research: Stardust a transformation/ performance/ video/ live editing display by Lisa Anita Wegner at 2186 Dundas. 

On July 31 Makeup and Hair Artist Wanda MacRae will do a total live transformation of the artist into the character of Ziggy Stardust at 2186 Dundas.  Haus of Dada will be recording the entire event and for the rest of the week at the gallery, the artist will create her signature video studies throughout the week. Her new work as well as time lapse of the transformation will screen continuously. Katie Chats' Katie Uhlmann will be covering the whole event. 

 

October 4 2014- TRIANGLE. A three location multiple projection ascension experience with the artist as Space Guide.

The TRIANGLE will be located between 2186 Dundas -an art hub- The Belljar Bar and Cafe -a social hub- and Lisa Anita Wegner's studio -an imagination hub- which closes the triangle. Come and experience TRIANGLE, where everything mundane will be transformed into the marvelous. As all space and time exist in one moment, travel in and out is accessible to those who use the vehicle of the triangle. 

 

Feature Film: Sunbathing on Mars 1916 (2014-2015)

Lisa Anita Wegner's current body of work includes Dada Lab Experiments in which a multimedia "history" is created on its feet for the artist herself and Haus of Dada, her studio. A silent black and white film titled Sunbathing on Mars 1916 is the backbone of this multi-year project. She figuratively murders herself -with the help of The Little Murderer- and gives birth to a whole new story. This for Lisa is the ultimate creative freedom. And as a trauma survivor there is something cathartic in the ability to recreate herself and revise history. Cameos will include Istvan Kantor who will be the doctor delivering the artist as a baby and David Cross as The Little Murderer who kills her. Scenes have been screened as part of VonLiptov and at Moniker Gallery as part of their Figurative Group show Spitting Image. 

Sleight of Gesture- gallery TBA. A Gesturetek 3d interactive magic experience with Vincent John Vincent and Lisa Anita Wegner.

Sleight Of Gesture is a projection magic show that combines live magicians and the amazing "gesture controlled" projection technology of GestureTek to create an experience that blurs the line between the real world and the virtual world, to reveal to viewers the beauty and light that surrounds them. 

Project Details & Artist Statements for 2014

Mighty Brave Productions/ Dufferson Herman Arts Umbrella/ Haus of Dada/ Lisa Anita Wegner

LAW of TRANSFORMATION: Research: Stardust. Transformation /Performance/ Live art making

This is the main image for Lisa’s performance art piece LAW of Transformation: Research: Stardust. Makeup & hair by Wanda MacRae. The live transformation of the artist into Ziggy Stardust will happen this August at Andrew Williamson’s Gallery 2186 Dundas. This is the first in a series of performance art and videos of Lisa inhabiting personas of artists who inspire her on a road to examining her own androgyny and larger than life performing personas.  

Sleight of Gesture: Performance/ Projection/ Technology/ Immersive Experience

Sleight Of Gesture is a projection magic show that combines live magicians and the amazing "gesture controlled" projection technology of GestureTek to create an experience that blurs the line between the real world and the virtual world, to reveal to viewers the beauty and light that surrounds them. 

We thrive on the creation of new wonders, and the Light + Magic Collective's goal is to create a new experience from the combination of technology and magic, a fusion in which the audience will lose its sense of which is which. Which flames are real, and which created through an amazing use of software? When water responds to the least movement of a hand - is that a computer's work? Or the mysterious ability of the magician?

A stunning 15' high x 20' wide x 15' deep projection environment for the video-gesture control technology will immerse the performers and audience in an unforgettable interactive space where magical effects are literally at one's fingertips, whether through live prestidigitation or the amazingly responsive 3D video projections. The performers will take viewers on a journey through fire, water and light illusions that will dazzle the night's audience and challenge them to determine what is real and what is possible.

Between the timed live performances, the Light + Magic Collective further aims to enfold viewers in this techno-magic experience, inviting them into the environment to interact with our projections. In creating their own magical effects, the audience will be invited to discover that the beauty of magic extends inside them as well, and to learn that our only limit is our imagination.

Here is a short video showing existing GestureTek FX that we will use when building the environment for this installation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awavDXhzEXc

 

THE LIGHT + MAGIC COLLECTIVE:

VINCENT JOHN VINCENT is the CEO, Co-founder, & creative force behind GestureTek Inc., the inventors, pioneers, & world leaders of Video Gesture Control Technology for 28+ years. He & Francis MacDougall invented, pioneered and evangelized video gesture virtual reality, where the user’s image appears on screen & interacts with the virtual world, from 1985; & 3D Depth Camera Gesture control, for avatars & off screen point control, since 2000; attaining 45 patents in the process. Vincent’s responsible for creating diverse applications & markets for their various gesture technologies. They licensed tech & patents to Sony’s PlayStation & Microsoft’s XBOX for the Kinect, etc. and installed 7000+ gesture controlled displays & surfaces, for interactive art, public entertainment, educational, & rehabilitation, etc. Since 1986 Vincent has been heralded around the world as a leading-edge interactive artist, and his VR installation was placed in the Information Age Gallery, in the Smithsonian Institute.

Vincent invented Virtual Reality Performance in 1986, and performed hundreds of times around the world for audiences up to 10,000 people. With a Psychology BA (Waterloo U), he received a Canadian New Media Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003; the Milan Media Guru Award in 2009; & was the first DigiFest, Digital Pioneer Hall of Fame inductee in 2012.

www.gesturetek.com

LISA ANITA WEGNER is a creative producer running Mighty Brave Productions, a small award- winning theatre, film and video production company. In 2008, after suffering a trauma-related brain injury (c-PTSD), Lisa began exploring video and post-production photography as part of her healing. Her video work has been shown at the Phoenix Art Musuem’s Selection 2011 and Film Bar and the Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art. She had her first solo show, called Some Assembly Required, in April 2012 at The ArtScape Triangle Gallery; and her art & film has appeared at Buddies in Bad Times theatre, the Annex Patio Art Show and the NXNE Festival; and in 2011, she directed a music video for Jane Sibbery's 12th album. She delved into projection-art installations with "Hula," for the Neon Panther Party at TIFF (2013), and is currently collaborating with techno-blues musician Benjamin Boles and jazz artist Mark Hundevad on video projects.

Her installation “Pixel Paint The Night” was in Nuit Blanche 2012, and her collaboration with Vanessa Lee Wishart, "Queen Of The Parade," was the toast of Patrick Macauley's Parade in 2013.

www.mightybraveproductions.com 

TRIANGLE: projection/performance/experience 

TRIANGLE is a three location ascension experience created for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche with blastoff being 7pm October 4 2014. The triangle is an ancient symbol used to meditate on ascension, as a conduit for higher energies, and as a cosmic aerial to receive the frequency of a higher realm. A triangle opens your third eye. Come be a part of 3 distinct sound and projection environments with timed performances by the artist who will be your Guide, ensuring your comfort during your intergalactic travel. The TRIANGLE will be located between 2186 Dundas -an art hub- The Belljar Bar and Cafe -a social hub- and Lisa Anita Wegner's studio -an imagination hub- which closes the triangle.

Come and experience TRIANGLE, where everything mundane will be transformed into the marvelous. As all space and time exist in one moment, travel in and out is accessible to those who use the vehicle of the triangle.

Born from my Dada dream lab experiments, TRIANGLE began with the notion that with imagination, the mundane can transformed into marvellous. The various video images start with mundane footage, a flower, my feet walking, a few seconds of an octopus shooting ink. Through layering and playing with timeline I create what I call video studies. They are an everyday part of my art practise, a visual diary.

My art practice has a focus on re-birth, redemption, transformation, and process work, using a multi-media approach that fearlessly probes for the truth, richness and hard-won lessons from my personal journey over the past half-decade that has confonted me with extraordinary difficulties. Emerging from my personal darkness, I have come to love rhythm and repetition both on and off beats; as well as the beauty and possibilities of found objects - even with technology. I work with a pastiche of donated equipment, and have embraced both the imperfections and new creative possibilities that result.

While spending time at three venues, I noticed that my studio, The Belljar Cafe, and 2186 Dundas gallery were located in a triangle. When I started researching the three-angled shape, TRIANGLE was born.

I am experimenting with a performing persona who lives outside the space/ time continuum. For TRIANGLE she will be the Guide, walking earthlings from one venue to another while performing in each projection once every hour. She wears a dress made from da-lite project screens and all her exposed skin is covered with white makeup.

My current body of work includes Dada Lab Experiments in which a multimedia "history" is created through spontaneous exploration for both myself and Haus of Dada, my studio. A silent black and white film titled Sunbathing on Mars 1916 is the backbone of this multi-year project. This for me is the ultimate creative freedom. As a trauma survivor, there is something cathartic in the ability to recreate myself and revise my history; and now TRIANGLE will be the first stage in inventing my future. 

Installation: Sound by Marshall Drågun. Artist hair and makeup by Wanda MacRae. Projection dress team: Lisa Anita Wegner, Wanda MacRae, Daisy Semkiw-Blackburn.  

Lisa Anita Wegner's history with Nuit Blanche:

In 2012, my independent project (#81 for ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche) Pixel Paint The Night, staged at the Revue Cinema in the High Park area, combined film, live digital art creation projected on the theatre's screen, and soundscapes into a full-immersion experience for the attendees. With the positive feedback I received from audience members (who often stayed through several cycles of the projects, each an hour long), I realized the possibilities of using art to create an environment in which people can lose themselves. Putting on the event in this space required working with the theatre owners, as well as the local businesses to get community support, and provided me with important business & organizational learnings that will benefit me in this new project for 2014. In addition, I was struck by how eager technical people were to be involved with my creative projects, giving time, effort, equipment and even funding to support me; and this type of collaboration has opened up immeasurable possibilities for the future.

In 2013, my collaboration with Vanessa Lee Wishart, the "Queen of the Parade," was selected as part of ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche's curated Parade. This oversized fantasia on the image of the parade queen drew quite a great deal of attention, with images of it appearing in publications from New York and Brazil to India and South Korea. As a result of this, my artistic career was quite literally transformed, with recognition from gallery owners visual arts patrons and opportunities to create and display more installations, including a mounting of a variation of the Queen for a Partners In Art project (ArtRageous In Motion), as my art evolves. In addition, even months after the event, I still receive feedback from people who saw the project and were impacted by its scale and creative audacity. Again this year, I found the value of assembling a tech team through sharing my story and inviting them to participate in my artistic process.  

 

Sunbathing on Mars 1916

Lisa's Artist Statement:

For as long as I can remember, Story has functioned as a gateway, a way of connecting with myself and others and digging down to the truth of experience. Growing up in Toronto with German as my first language, working in theatre was my means of overcoming shyness and bonding with English speakers, finding common ground in familiar cultural touchstones. In time, I discovered my desire to express my own stories, and began to explore acting and producing in films. Always searching for authenticity, I was fortunate to be able to surround myself with like-minded people who both taught me and encouraged me to push further with the medium. After achieving success with my films, extraordinary personal difficulties left me in an emotional darkness; and it was once again Story and my need to express myself that way, that led me out of it, with forays into intensely personal visual art and film projects that cut even closer to the bone and reconnected me with my authentic self. I am embarking on new multi-media projects that will fearlessly probe for the truth and share the richness and hard-won lessons of my journey.

 My current body of work includes Dada Lab Experiments in which a multimedia "history" is created on its feet for myself and Haus of Dada, my studio. A silent black and white film titled Sunbathing on Mars 1916 is the backbone of this multi-year project. I figuratively murder myself -with the help of The Little Murderer- and give birth to a whole new story. This for me is the ultimate creative freedom. And as a trauma survivor there is something cathartic in the ability to recreate myself and revise my history.

 Here are two sneak peaks screened at Moniker Gallery: 

 

 

Queen of the Parade & Queen 2.0

The Queen of the Parade created for Patrick MacCauley's PARADE for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 will have a more modest rise this spring when she will rise ten feet tall. Structure designed and built by Nikolai Berda, cinematography by Carl Elster, dress, wig and crown designed and created by Vanessa Lee Wishart, makeup design by Wanda Macrae. The Queen of the Parade is Lisa Anita Wegner.