brought to you by Parkdale Village Arts Collective, Haus of Dada
Gallery 1313, Partners in Art, Forever Epic Films, Belljar Cafe.
Thanks John R. Taylor, Devan Patel+ Project Gallery.
CAROLYN TRIPP is an artist, writer and arts administrator living in Toronto. She is the current Executive Director of the Parkdale Film & Video Showcase. Her cross disciplinary visual work has been exhibited with the One Minute Film & Video Festival (Aarau, Switzerland), the Toronto Urban Film Festival, Clusterfuck Zoo (curated by Lorna Mills, NYC), The Toronto Animated Image Society (Toronto), Under Management: Video Store! (Dawson City & Vancouver), Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto) and The Khyber (Halifax). She was also a participating artist with Trinity Square Video's "Left/Right/Centre" video commission series with screenings at the AGO's Jackman Hall and the TSV gallery at 401 Richmond. She also likes gifs. Lots and lots of gifs.
STEVE DRAGERT (aka Marshall Drägun) is a music producer, artist, performer and event organizer living in Toronto's burgeoning west end. He has been involved in a multitude of events and projects over the years including Scotia Bank's Nuit Blanche of 2012 where his contributions took the form of an evolving soundtrack that was created and first performed live as part of Irene Cortes' 'Nowhere Here Now - A Building Opera' exhibit that took place at the downtown 401 Richmond St building. More recently, Marshall's artistic energies and community building approach to media curation and event organization have helped launch and establish a new series of underground music events; founded and formed as a community co-operative for local new and emerging as well as established artists and musicians in Toronto and surrounding area. In early 2014, Marshall and Lisa Wegner had joined forces in giving birth to an ongoing body of work entitled 'The VonLiptov Experience'; an audio/visual retro-futuristic event series created with the intent of inspiring creative minds while also raising funds for local community outreach programs. VonLiptov takes place every other month at the Belljar Cafe located at 2072 Dundas St W.
STEPHANE VERA makes music. Crossing an invisible bridge between London garage flavoured house and tweeky Detroit electro, Stéphane "Teknostep" Vera is one of the only electronic musicians to have created his own genre of music based on his artist name back in the 90’s. His pioneering work has made significant contributions to the expansive world of future music and sound science. His intelligent insight and years of experience in musical experimentation and production could fill pages, not posts. Highlights of his activities include being chief of music operations & lead composer at computational music company waveDNA, being the world’s first composer for the deaf at Ryerson University for the Emoti-chair: a device that allows the deaf to experience music and throwing the world’s first concert accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, composing for television, hosting three successful radio programmes, and creating ringtones and music for Microsoft. Stéphane has also collaborated with the likes of Canada’s r&b diva Ivana Santilli, Brooklyn’s jazz great Laila Biali, Chicago house pioneer Roy Davis Jr., San Francisco’s ill.Gates, London’s Si Begg, and Berlin’s Sean Roman (Mutt) on various recordings. His sound is that of an electronic music you can’t quite put your finger on, such as afro-funk over a glitchy beat to effervescent house teased with trip hop.
ARIS PLAMPE makes music. Aris is ultimately attempting to dissolve boundaries between individual auditory events and continuous tonal forms which may or may not have duration utilizing various non-linear processes and has been doing so since time immemorial.
STEVEN JOSEPH is Mama Dada's Muse. He is a young multi-talented artist with works in fields of Pro-Makeup Artistry, Alternative Modeling, Song-Writing and Performance.
Steven has been working in the artistic industry for many years as an empire of various talents. He has worked freelance makeup artist for personal clients, weddings, media and photography. He has also worked for cosmetic brands such as Lise Watier Cosmetiques, Pari Beauty, Shoppers Cosmetics Boutique. He has posed for various photographers portfolio's in which are used for ad's, promotion and personal. He had independently released music through his own label "Steven Joseph" via. iTunes and had recorded with Toronto studio Morphproductions. Steven has been published internationally in various magazines such as FAB Magazine, InToronto Magazine and The Buzz Magazine.
WANDA MACRAE is one of those people that grew up experimenting and loving makeup and what it can do for a person. Not only is it about beauty, it is about being creative and being able to show the artistic side that one can have. Taking many advanced art course, she uses those skills to pick up the brush and paint faces as the face is a beautiful fresh canvas.
Growing up with a natural eye for fashion, she quickly learned what dressing up in costumes and what fun outrageous looks could do to give that extra edge to what a makeup palate is capable of creating on ones face. She started working on others as a teenager doing makeovers for friends and clients and it never stopped from there. She has taken many makeup courses, private lessons and attends seminars to pick up new skills and tricks of the trade. She is a qualified and experienced freelance makeup artist.
Over the years she worked with stage and character makeup as well as clientele that include actors and musicians. The Toronto Star ran an interview on Wanda in April 2001 while working on the Toronto stage show “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. Now Wanda has moved on to more traditional beauty such as, fashion, runway, glamour, print, and bridal makeup as her work of preference. Other skills include film, T.V., special occasion, makeup instruction, commercial and corporate work. Her passion, dedication, and love of makeup make’s it a job that she loves to do. Her outgoing and easy personality plus her ability to communicate well with clients allows them to achieve their vision.
DAISY SEMKIW BLACKBURN is a dancer, artist, mother, lover, mover and shaker. Daisy graduated from Humber College with Diplomas in Fashion Arts Cosmetics, Promotions and Special Events, Public Relations, and Arts and Science. Daisy started in the entertainment business very young as a Promoter of Concerts and Dance events in Toronto and Florida . She has had a long career as a Professional Dancer and dabbled in the Fashion world as a Show Choreographer and dresser. As Dance manager at Entertainment venues in Toronto, Daisy designed and constructed costumes for her dance teams' performances. Since retiring from Dance she has focused on her Dog Behavior/Walking business and has started to invest more of her time into her love of painting and writing- exploring a new adventure and career in the Arts. Creating with make-up is also a personal passion of hers...Halloween Fun! She played Mama Dada's Sister in SUNBATHING ON MARS for Haus of Dada and was one of the voices for WINDOW SERIES for our surround sound film for Nuit Blanche 2012. We are thrilled that she will be performing with us live for the first time as a TRIANGLE Technician.
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 is a three location ascension experience created for 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 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.
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.