Richmond Youth Media Festival 2016

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Boom! Boom! Bam! Now sleep. This was probably my mental slogan going into The Richmond Youth Media Festival where I co-produced the Evolution of Media Showcase with Paige Smith, who was the coordinator god of the event. And I was mere half-Jesus entitled Youth Media Associate.

Before I go on any further you need to know about Cinevolution. They do great work. They are good people. I’ve mentioned Ying before, amazing, amazing, amazing my eyes pixelate when I look at her.

But anyways back to the production of the evolution of youth media showcase. Wow. Total system overload during the summer and then being wacked in the face with my new jab at UBC, but hey. That’s what I’m here for!

In three short months Paige and I:

  1. Ate a few bananas
  2. Found out we want to talk about the evolution of media
  3. Figured out the best way to do that would probably in a circle
  4. Figured out we should talk about the past too and hey why not include The Richmond Museum
  5. Ate a few pancakes
  6. Drew with glitter on a dance floor (don’t tell!)
  7. Established the idea that media is a canvas of communication
  8. Realized that there are four pillars of media: Sound, Visual, Word and New Reality
  9. Then we talked it through and realized that we wanted this to be cutting-edge, innovative and boundary pushing
  10. So we toyed, we chewed and bloom came up with a way for people to walk through the past and future of media while engaging with how the present is a medley of innovation

With the help of Ying and a group of enthusiastic and strong innovative thinkers who pushed buttons, dipped through sticky puddles and clicked the right codes to make this all actually make sense, be possible, safe and timely.

Here is the look of one of the stations:

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Each station had a description introducing this type of media, as well as a number that would correspond to another number that was located in the Richmond Museum.  There would be a keep sake component, a piece of machinery/technology that is represented of how the media is created and often an interactive experience.

And now it is over! Displayed as part of The Richmond World Festival, this creation was hoping that was very near and dear to my heart as well as Paige’s.

We took a lot of thought into this and I hope it went that way, but as with all projects you do your best and let the rest happen without you.

I am always humbled, honoured and excited to work with people as infectiously energized as the passionate group at Cinevolution Media Arts.

Art Talking Women Project Update

This project has been a lot of fun.

Working with Ying has been somewhat unexpected but very much like finding a really sweet toy in the kinder surprise chocolate.

maxresdefault When she approached me after the Pecha Kucha night I was excited to be a part of something that I kind of blindly agreed to without even actually knowing what I had signed up for- you know the usual.

She talked to me all about her company  Cinevolution Media Arts.  And her current project, Art Talking Women where she and the other people working with her highlight an artist in the community and do a short documentary about their life. For some reason, I was enough woman and enough artist to be picked to take part in this magic journey.

During a few months we met, discussed, created an image of what the video would be. Ying wanted to evolve the conventional talking heads (ish) approach that had started off the series and move more into an abstract approach at highlighting what the artist wanted to say with their work, maybe without actually saying it. We played with the idea of the limits of imagination and human social conventions. We wanted the video to show what human interaction allowed and what the internal imagination of a person can exhibit without being released. I am currently obsessed with this. The internal world, the brain, the feeling, the emotion, the world inside of us that we don’t showcase in these exchanges. We wanted to go back and forth between the surreality and the mundanity that is humaneness.

So over winter break, we spent some time recording and reworking some poems as well as the background music for the video with my lovely friend Gabe in our band that you should check out. In addition to this we at the start of the year recorded this project’s visual components. Which we did last weekend, it included an all day adventure of me walking with a painted styrofoam head- embodying my imagination and doing mundane things. But as the video progressed the head would tell me to go outside the norm and perform poetry or transit, dance through the Skytrain or just go full wizard.

Nothing really softens the ego then acting like a wizard in public, or rather unleashing my true form.

I think we primarily have all the footage we need aside from textual support.

I’m excited to see the launch of the project, happening on February 12 at Viveo Media Arts at 7pm. I’m excited to see what it will all come out to look like!