Monday, November 27, 2017

I've Loved You From Afar

Once upon a time is not what it used to be. Storytelling and sharing stories in the digital age engages the reader/user/viewer in a multi-sensory experience using multimedia movies that combine photographs, video, animation, sound, music and text using computer based tools to tell the story.

FRACTALIZE is a work of hypermedia fiction. A collaborative multimedia arts project created by artist and cinematographer Lesley Loksi Chan, composer and digital media artist Tony Vieira and musician Arthur Yeung.

The first installment in the FRACTALIZE series is an ongoing collaboration and fractal/forensic media arts project entitled, I've Loved You From Afar.

I've Loved You From Afar is a carefully crafted media piece which follows the story of Elizabeth and Richard. Their affair explores themes of ecstasy of distance and isolation while touching on desire. It features multiple pieces that represent more than one truth in an environment without a plot, that curiously end up telling without telling, a modern love story about the two characters.

How they have come to be is told in narrative fractals in the form of gallery exhibits, performances, happenings, alternate reality experiences, web videos, photographs, music, text messages, sound art, 360ยบ video, augmented reality, and social media posts.

I've Loved You From Afar “Is really an experiment in e-literacy. [We are] experimenting with the different ways a story can be told [while using] as many media as possible to engage the end user. I don’t think of [the audience solely] as a viewer, reader or a listener, because [the audience] is all of them, an end user, sort of like a video game.” says Tony Vieira.

Elizabeth and Richard interact in limited fashion. Their relationship is on display in an immersive experience for the viewer with interwoven imagery, Tinder style pictures that consistently offer a bird's eye view into the depth of the couple's connection. Theirs is a modern love story unfolding in a time duet in a perceived future that has appeal for a romantic tourist.

The exhibit and accompanying videos distil the essence of creative storytelling in what could either be a dream or time spent in virtual reality. It is unlike linear stories that we are used to, and has no narrator.

It's an emotional telling that delves into Elizabeth and Richard's relationship as you try understand the beauty of their connection, as flash backs of memory, video and sound bytes make their union come alive.

Their story communicates a moving tale while we empathize with the disconnect, desire, honesty and the ache of long distance romances.
Or does it?
It seems out of time, beyond the screen.
Is it a dream?
Is it a game?

Technology is changing the ways stories have been traditionally told. I've Loved You From Afar signals a shift from passive viewing to something more interactive. Parts of the story are these fractals with intentional gaps that allow the viewer to fill in based on their own experiences, anxieties, and desires. Indeed, it hooks you emotionally as the visceral angst triggers your own feelings and memories as their tale unfolds.

“I always think of the tone of the story in a way that is similar to the way I experience dreams and memory, which is a little strange, not always linear, not always making sense.” says Viera.

It is a talk back through time. Layered. Unconventional. A maze.
One is left with unsettling emotions to a sense of awe as the journey wraps with the confession of one of the lovers.

By the end of it of I've Loved You From Afar, I walked away with a very distinct inclination to be more present in the moment with my loved ones.

I've Loved You From Afar is a romance across space and time.
Told uniquely in hypermedia, as a work of fiction,
is a fractal reminiscence unlike any other.
This could be the future of story telling.
See for yourself at

FRACTALIZE the multimedia exhibit was recently held at artist-run resource centre for film, video, new media, installation and sound art.
The Factory Media Centre
228 James Street North, in Hamilton.

FRACTALIZE the exhibition and programming in it's entirety is comprised of video installations, Virtual Reality drop-in demonstrations, a Twitter Salon workshop, a lunch and learn, an Alternate Reality Walk with the Artists and closed with a panel discussion moderated by Ralph Benmergui in October 2017.

About the Artists:

Lesley Loksi Chan’s multidisciplinary works have been exhibited internationally and often explore the ambiguous ways in which the personal connects to wider cultural meanings through everyday objects and technologies.

Tony Vieira is a musician, composer, and media artist who creates immersive visual and sonic landscapes for mobile and locative media. He has composed original music scores for television, film, and interactive media, and has created augmented reality, alternate reality, and virtual reality projects that have exhibited internationally

Arthur Yeung attempts to redefine the presentation of contemporary electronic music in the live environment. He has performed internationally with his solo electronic music endeavours and collaborations as Falling Line, been an integral member to Toronto-based indie bands and co-founded the multi-disciplinary (i.e. visual media, movement, music) performance groups The Looking Sea Collective and Automates.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Artcrawl June 2016

Artcrawl June 2016

#Artcrawl is by far one of my most favourite local events.
#June10 I had the pleasure of teaming up with Vern White.
(I will post the list, then get to the pics.) Thx Vern and thanks to everyone who stopped for a pic or a hug or a chance to catch up.
Great to see Justin Alexander Graves, Mary Simon, Justine Fischer, Matty Simpson, Andrew Aldridge, Sean Le Sage, Leah Fuller, Rochelle Bernardi, Casey Altorf, Aurelia Rao, K.j. Hirter, Dave Shaw, Darren Kregar, Mary McNutt, Paul Kennedy, Larry Smith, Ron, Aurora Tidgwell and Lennox, Karen Sturrock, Andrew Mcphail, Stephen Altena, Michael Canton, Julliana LaChance, Jeremiah, Jay Carter, Gabriel Pinto, Aidan Johnson, Rob Maddison and Helen, Dan Murray, Maryann Sally Gratton - Laitila and Sally, Aili Than, Charles Barton, Alicia Thoms, Suzanne Zandbergen, Ruth Webster, the folks at Makers' Market Hamilton, Theresa and Rachel, Nick, Dan Jelly, Matt Jelly, Robert Z, Mary, Stephan Hossbach. Allyson Wenzowski, Harry Rasmussen, Krysta Boyer, Daniel Hyams, Roman Marcone and his entourage!, Simon and James from Butcher and the Vegan, Dan Zen, Robert Adams, Kevin Barber, G & E and Dogee, Brad and Jennifer Leah Mogensen, Lily Crawford, Lee & Dawn McIlmoyle. Keith Shearsby, Julie, Dave and Lisa Hind, Missy Carriage, Becky Vanderlinden, Brenda Ross, Scampie and Blair, Susan Robinson and Will Gillespie, Renessa, Joel Banks, Shilo Morton, Dominika Gerlee, Stu Keays and Fiona Reilly, some of the Hammer City Roller Girls, Joe, Nina Clements, the entire gang at Blackbird Studios, Kerry Wade, Patricia Lynn Bebee, Janice Ryan Bielski and Karen McFarlane, Mark, Sanjay B Patel and Kyle, Mayor Fred & the Mrs., Jamie Marr, James Quinn, Steven Collett, Greg Terluk, Russ Smith, Mike Willoughby, Tina Christina, Dave Brace, Robert Waldeck, John Cinquemani, Marina Randazzo, Joe Rhodes, Joseph Monaco, Julie Maue and friends, Learning with Lexi, Kasia, and Raquel Rakovac, Angel Bond, Murray Swain, Philip Kummel, Setenio Borges, Brenda Lennie, Robin Zee, Linda Taillon, Vallerist Cousens, Jeanne Pickles, Bobes Badeau, Thea Munster & Adam, Claudette Losier, Craig McLean, Alex, Donna Reid, Jim Poling, Lee Munn, Shelley Whitehead Lennox, and Alison Gardner. That was a lot of hugs! (Forgive me if I have forgotten You).

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Who knew Jack & Lois served hot apple cider?
Thanks Ariel for the recommendation tonight.
Thanks also to Pamela Gardner who got me over to Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton today to catch Charly Chiarelli, Paula Grove, Jon'Gordon Odegaard, Jeremy Shand and a great cast in Scroogissimo.
Great to see Learie Mc Nicolls, Evelyn Myrie, Judith, Dan Zen, Maggie and Bob, Tom Altobelli and bandmates at the play.
Nice also to run into Jim Fitzgerald, Nurck Bison, Alfie Smith, Kev and to see Liz as I went to meet my catering compatriot, Savo tonight.
Great to see Sean O'Grady and Mike too!

Awesome time last night at a gem of a place called Good Life Deli...
Caught Azalea @ Good Life Deli Featuring Otic Poets and it was magical.
Thanks so much Benjamin-Mia Hackett, Darin Martin, Jordan Fox, Neil Brown and Geoff Laforet for the gift of music. Rebecca Doll was her usual fab self as celebrity MC. Wonderful to see Matthew Green, Julie Johnson, Ivan Hooper, Amber Vigers and Evan Korn.

Ask about the ‪#‎loadedfries‬ next time You visit!

Great to run into Paul Ferrante, Christopher Cutler, Catherine, Sarene Connie Dzelajlija, Maria Turco-Maragno and Mahesh today.
Looking forward to what the weekend will bring...

Monday, December 1, 2014

You have probably heard that I think #HamOnt is a fabulous city.
I love this place. There are so many talented people here...

It's an amazing time to be an Artist/Musician and Creative in Hamilton.
There are resources, networking meet-ups, shows, live events, mentors, festivals and more, here at your disposal just waiting to be tapped. (Just need to find a way to be able to monetize this talent in ways that are win-win).

I can't remember a time when we've been able to access so many galleries and live events on any given night of the week. It's exciting to know that the Hamilton arts/music culture is here now!
What a great time to be a part of the scene...

For instance, I attended 12 events/places this weekend (as I have been known to do from time to time). It's important to me to show support by cross promoting, or attending.

Here's where I ended up being (and seeing)...

R-Place: The fundraiser in support of Joyce's kids. Woo hoo Rob Leonard!
Casbah: The CD release party for Danny Medakovic's, Jolley Cut
Stag & Doe: Congratulations go out to Michelle Boutilier and Joey Balducchi!
Buddy's Roadhouse: Caught Paul Lawrence's band TriplePlay there for 1/2 a set
This Ain't Hollywood: Kevin Barber's event Exile on Main Street
Homegrown Hamilton: To catch Dylan Matthew's band, Torque Hound

Indigo's Burlington: The Manor House book signing with Gord Deppe... Woo hoo Michael B. Davie!
You Me Gallery: Artist Talk for Mina Ao's exhibit, Right to Exist (on til Dec 7th)
Munchie's Barkery: Azalea's last house gig for 2014
Bay City Music Hall: Terry Edmunds was in town with Brant Parker's Sunday Blues Band
Rebel's Rock: Brother Tom (Finochio) hosts an open jam Sundays at Rebel Chapman's place

So wonderful to see: Rob Leonard and Coralie Vigers, Bob and Maggie, Mark and Christina Harrington, Monika Minnis, Robert Tyler, Anne Tennier and Ralph Wilson, Tom Finochio, Mark Mackesy, Jason Colavecchio, Mary Kovacs, Don Drury, Harry Burrell, Animal, Pat, Joey Balducchi, Michelle Boutilier (can't wait to see the photo!), Mrs. Balducchi, Rhonda and Tom, Joan Krygsman, Adam Neumann, Mike Hickey, Duane Rutter, Sharon Washington, Michael Birthlemer, Ben Washington, Mark Volkov, Sam DeRosa, Peter Ormand, Brodie, RoseAnn Prevec, Dan Zen, Andy Griffith, Karen Sturrock, Scotty Bakalar, Dave Pomfret, Danny Medakovic, Cheryl Breukelman, Carrie Ashworth, Frank Koren, Matt Coleman, Chris Altmann, Lulu Demoo, Mark McNeil, Filimone Manuel, Mary Simon, Jay Burr, Kevin Barber, Alicia, Ryan Cannon, Iggy Pasalic, Sean O'Brien, Greg Gaines, Trevor Rogers, Jo Boudreau, Jose Batista, Daniela and Joe, Wally London. Justine Taylor, Tziporak Robin Zee, Mike Cameron, Nurck Burson, Lily Sazz, Karen Burson, Sonny Del-Rio, Tammy Jarrett, Zac McDonald, Teddy Thorpe, Bette Dalton, Kayla and Terry Edmunds, Harry White, Helena Danyluk-Palazoo, Mickey De Sadist, Ric Taylor, Tim Gibbons, Val Cousins, Jeff, Casey, Sandy Rose, Doug Smith, Lou Molinaro, Nick DeRosa and Friend, Laura Cole, Martin Verrell, Grace Darlin, Tasha, Howie, Ona, Graham Rockingham, Emily and Dylan, Murph, Mike Pattison, Pamela Gardner and Adam Carter, Joe DaWop, J'on Gordon Odegaard, Jim Fitzgerald, Mike Pattison, Steve Tomalty, MC, Michael Davie, Gord Deppe, Wayne and Victoria Schreuer, Mina Ao, Bryce Kanbara, Tracey, Darryl Gold, Max, Elizabeth Dwyer, Amber Vigers (Birthday Girl!), Evan Korn, Benjamin and Mia Hackett, Rosie, Jon Ingalls and Karen, Rosemarie, Sean O'Grady, Alison Novak, Leah & Chris, Nina Clements, Nino, Paul McKeown, George, Lisa Miller, Drew Gates and wife, Ian Andrews, Steve Shelton, Donna Katic, John Hess, Suzanne Kelly, Dave Palmer, Mike McFarlane, Evan Griffith, Morgan Purser, Kate & Troy, and Peter...
That's a lot of hugs...
(Forgive me if I have forgotten You!)