I will miss each brick of the city.
This is the west entrance to the Vondelpark.
I will develop my photos, and share more, but most are not unusual.
For me the ordinary streets and the ever present water will make up the dearest memories of the actual city.
The best images are of my friends that I have made in here.
Below — the sunset on a canal last evening.
Now I am off to Rotterdam to the North Sea Jazz Festival.
It will be exciting to see one of the world’s largest jazz festivals.
Any tips on the festival?
Then I go to visit Sonia in Mons, Belgium.
I hope to see her show!
After my work at STEIM, I was fortunate to play with two improvising musicians, Frank Mauceri and Ángel Faraldo as part of the Oorsprong Curators Series.
This is an interesting improvised music series in North Amsterdam organized by bassist Raoul van der Weide.
The major constraint imposed by the series is that none of the players have ever played together before.
The second rule is that each player can only be in the series once a season.
Even though I worked with Frank at STEIM, we did not play together until this show.
I was captivated by the other two sets featuring Dana Reason, piano; Lori Goldston, cello; Ricardo Tejero, sax+clarinet; Jaap Blonk, voice; bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Onno Govaert.
Ricardo Tejero, (sax+clarinet) and bassist Dominic Lash did not play together because they are involved in a tour supporting their CD. I had the opportunity to hear this duo twice, once at Raoul’s Atelier and once as part of Tabula Rasa: Improvised Music @ Maarten Luther Kerk – basement.
Dana Reason (piano) and cellist Lori Goldston are also playing together, so they played in separate sets for the Oorsprong. I arrived late and missed their showcase at Raoul’s atelier, but I hope to see them play in future as they are both based on the West Coast of the USA.
My thanks to the organizers of the event and the volunteers who support the series.
This was my first opportunity to play in Europe and I was happy to be in such great musical company.
Laurie Anderson’s new show is a network performance with Ai Wei Wei. Video from the premiere at the Luminato Festival in Toronto.
They are using Skype to connect the live Toronto performers with Ai Wei Wei in Beijing.
Network performance is a growing area and Play the Moment is on the leading edge!
I was inspired to start working with network performance by Pauline Oliveros and Chris Chafe. Chris Chafe calls these Telematic performances and has developed a software at CCRMA Lab, Stanford, that works really well. For the techies who read this blog — using Red Hat Linux OS — a communications port can be opened.
In 2010, I visited San Francisco to learn this software, and I was able to open ports on two computers and communicate using the software. This system works really well, but both sides of the performance must have the ability to operate sophisticated technology. That is why my efforts to successfully produce a network performance were not realized until I started using Waterwheel in 2012. My first solo show, Flow Time, led to the development of work for the group, Play the Moment.
It was my vision to have a combined live and networked performance that was realized with the recent Mini Maker Faire show. This was the first time one of the group members was live, playing with the networked stage on a projected screen. Now, I am seeking more of these performance opportunities so internet viewers can join concert goers to enjoy live, improvised media performances.
Now network performance is going mainstream with this show by Laurie Anderson — as mainstream as experimental performance art ever gets — but soon, I believe this will become a widely recognized genre of performance.
Stay tuned to this site to learn about the next Play the Moment performance or follow us on Facebook.
It is very exciting for me to be counting down the days until I leave for Amsterdam. I have to get ready for the wireless sensor workshop by purchasing some Arduino parts!
This is my first trip to Europe, so I am very excited and a bit nervous.
June — Amsterdam
Early July — Germany
July 11th — Mons, Belgium for my friend and collaborator Sonia’s show!
No return date set as I have applied for a few events and residencies in Europe that still might come through to extend my stay.
Any helpful tips, please contact me!
Buy a ticket to see fun maker events and Victoria play live with her internet creative crew!
Show at NOON in the Dark Area of the PNE Forum.
If you are not in Vancouver you can still experience the show on the internet.
Go to this URL to see the internet show.
It always causes a pang of sadness and anger that women are still fighting the same battles that I thought we had won already.
Why are women still being forced to fight for control of our own bodies, reproductive rights, equal pay for equivalent work and other gender related issues.
In my opinion, these rights are so obvious, there should be no room for argument.
Now I am writing for a feminist blog based in NYC, you can read my first post here.
I wrote about the Femen protests as the political protest actions of young women, including Pussy Riot, have started to gain media attention.
I plan to write regularly in support of gender related issues.
International Womens’ Day inspired me to write a song.
Play the Moment will be performing as part of the Vancouver Maker Faire June 1-2 at the PNE.
This is a rare opportunity to experience a network music performance with a live band member in attendance.
I will be playing computer and singing on-site and I will be available to answer questions about our show and my other projects.
In addition to the confirmed Play the Moment performance, I am working on also presenting Angels Among Us, an interactive installation featuring my collaboration with visual artist Joanna Gabler as Zest Continuum.
More information on exact dates and times will be announced soon.
Play the Moment, an improvising ensemble will perform for the Birmingham Network Festival on Sat. Feb 23rd on the internet. Please point your browser in our direction.
London (United Kingdom – England) Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 3:35:00 PM GMT UTC
Vancouver (Canada – British Columbia) Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:35:00 AM PST UTC-8 hours
Montreal (Canada – Quebec) Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:35:00 AM EST UTC-5 hours
Go to this URL to see the show.
More information and guest list on facebook
All performances improvised using live audio and drawing with video and audio samples.
Christina de Roos – projection artist – visual coordination and video
Sonia Paço-Rocchia – live drawing, improvised bassoon and electronics,
Jude Abrams – piano, percussion, vocals – contributed video
Victoria Gibson – guitar, percussion, vocals – contributed video
This is your invitation to the 121212 Festival of Cyber-performance!
The retrospective section of the program “Walking Backwards into the Future” is already underway.
The portion that I am involved in is the new experimental works, Testing 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 . Play the Moment – Shakti meets for a networked internet performance on the Waterwheel Tap.
I am working with Play the Moment – Shakti, a group of four women located in different cities. This pioneering effort in experimental media arts includes Victoria Gibson (Vancouver, Canada), Jude Abrams (Toronto) and Sonia Paço-Rocchia (Montreal) creating music with Christina deRoos (Detroit, USA) manipulating the visuals.
We will be performing a piece called ‘excavating desire/fouilles pour le désire‘
About the Show
Excavating Desire – Fouilles pour le Désire
Play The Moment Shakti (Canada, USA)
Excavating Desire is a free improvised audio and visual work in four movements:
- On the Surface – exploring constraints imposed on female desire by society and ourselves
- Digging Deep – recognizing our wants and needs
- Gathering Courage – risking societal censure, economic loss or emotional pain requires resolve and strength
- Flowering of Passion – acceptance and expression of our own inner identity
Four women going through the same risk and hardship of “Excavating Desire”.
Desires are often hidden underneath layers so we do not even recognize them ourselves. It is a risk to reveal our true self, particularly in personal and intimate situations, but also when revealing oneself as an artist. “Excavating Desire” provides a structure to peel away the layers of constraint and grant ourselves permission to express what we choose to see and hear as art.
Schedule and time zones
These converter links can be found already programmed with the correct DST time under the title of the show in the spreadsheet.
For example the second performance of our show is at 7:30am on Thursday, December 13th DST in New Zealand — the location of the 121212 festival, but it is Wednesday, December 12th at 10:30am PST, in Vancouver, Canada, where I live.
More information about the show can be foun by clicking the title of the show.
This video was shown in the Heritage Distillery District as part of the Toronto Nuit Blanche “DaDa Reboot” series curated by Thom Sokoloski on September 29, 2012.
This video was made to showcase my previous work with Joanna Gabler as part of “Rise Up, Fallen Angel”.
Joanna and I have a duo called “Zest Continuum” based on our collaboration of visuals and music.