This Nuit Blanche Lisa Anita Wegner is lighting up Roncesvalles with
TRIANGLE: Ascension into Another Golden Age.
Come join her. Artists/ Performers/ Fun People/ Submit your proposal to come play October 4 2014.
Especially projects involving light, space travel, the future and ancient Egypt.
TRIANGLE will be located between The Black Cat Gallery -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.
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.
Mama Dada, Performance Artist has created this art installation from 1916 Germany. TRIANGLE: projection/performance/experience
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 The Black Cat 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. Build by Nikolai Berda of LongBranch Design. 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, 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.