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Vote Canada 2015 – short film

by on Sep.11, 2015, under Projects, Protest, Video

Stephen Harper has to GO! Please sing along in the chorus . . .

In 2011, I wrote a song called “Government of the Canadian People”, for the 2015 election, I have added visuals to support my lyrics.

Full list of links to the articles in the film and the creative commons attributions are listed on the page Vote Canada 2015 — click here

This video is less than four minutes long, so I could not cover all of the dirty details — Canadian voters please pay attention to these news items — I have made it easy for you to check my sources and these are all reliable publications that are mostly mainstream media.

Canadian Economy

If this video receives some support, I will try to find the time to make another with new lyrics and more emphasis on the economic failure that Harper has orchestrated for the country of Canada. Putting multi-national fossil fuel companies first in all of his decision making has hurt Canada badly as the price of these fuels drops and even more as the potential of Green Tech industry jobs languish.

Harper is trying to convince Canadians that he has done a good job with our economy, but in fact Canadians are falling behind in many significant areas. In this video, I cover the “balanced budget” fraud as significant amounts were transferred from Employment Insurance surplus payments, sold off assets and the contingency fund that is only supposed to be used in emergencies. Harper has left the cupboard bare for any incoming government as this fund has been steadily reduced and the deficit has actually climbed.

In addition, I wanted to point out Harper’s royal spending habits. Like Alberta’s former Premier, Conservative Allison Redford, nothing is too expensive for Harper to order for his benefit. I did not even mention the personal groomer and paid staff of documentary video and photography professionals who cover the Prime Minister’s every move at staged events and meetings. However, when the combined salary of the “spin doctors” working in federal communications rivals that of the House of Parliament itself — I think Canadians should pay attention. Flying the bulletproof limo and SUV to India, over-using Challenger jets for himself and to provide transportation to EU delegates who changed their schedules for a Harper photo-op were just too offensive to miss.  He claims to be fiscally prudent, but a brief look shows the opposite is true.

In my research, I have uncovered evidence that under Harper large amounts of money have left the country, investment has stagnated and the tax burden has been shifted to those least able to afford it while letting multi-nationals and large corporations avoid paying their fair share.

Canada – Aid not Bombs

My main focus in this video is the appalling record in Foreign Affairs that is detailed in former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark’s new book, How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change, that is not featured in the video. Instead, I chose to paint with news articles in broader strokes that people can follow up with their own reading of the links to sources provided. In my opinion, Canada is illegally bombing Syria and Iran and helping to create the flood of refugees that Harper refuses to assist. Instead of sending aid, Harper’s military posturing and photo opportunities have encouraged more suffering and casualties. We should be helping Syrians and Iranians within their own countries to lead safe and productive lives, not raining death on defenceless people from the sky.

Canada is traditionally a peacekeeping country that helps with aid, not bombs. We have lost our status in the world as a mediator and diplomatic leader and have turned into a bully. Does Harper really want Canada to become a target for terrorist groups? Bombing innocent civilians without UN sanction or approval is a great way to do that by seeding anger and hatred of Canada as an oppressor.

Harper is such a hypocrite that he tried to use John Lennon’s song for peace and coexistence,  “Imagine” to gain political points as he was changing Canada’s role in Afghanistan from peacekeeping to active military force. Thank you Yoko Ono for removing the video from YouTube via copyright challenge, however a copy still exists on a Harper controlled website as I write this.

Election Cheating

I hope this video will help Canadians make up their minds about Harper!

Unfortunately, I worry about the Conservatives cheating in this election because they have cheated in every election with Harper as leader. I mention “Ignore Robocalls” as part of my voting overview, but in my view it is very serious that Conservative supporters, employees and MP have been charged and in some cases convicted of fraud. See the-cheaters-on-harpers-watch for details. The wheels of justice turn slowly and there are still charges pending from the last election as we go into this one!

The changes to the Election Act will make it difficult for some people to vote, so please check your registration and valid ID.

We must be completely overwhelming so that the Conservatives are a very distant third in every case or they will try to steal the riding from the legitimate winner.

Conclusion

I will continue to write and produce more films. Please look at this information and make your decision based on facts — not on advertising and spin.  I hope we can restore Canada to the generous, helpful nation we have strived to be — caring for the less fortunate and maintaing a tolerant and fair society.

 

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Loco Moto Art Collective at Aberthau

by on Feb.20, 2014, under Design, Events, Integrated Media, Media, Music, Photography, Technology, Video

I am really excited by the work of the Loco Moto Art Collective!

I first met them through Jamie Griffith, an artist who attended the same workshop at STEIM

In July, I volunteered to help out at their show at Queen Elizabeth Park, “Youth, Technology and Nature”.

I was impressed by all the work shown, particularly by Merlyn Chipman’s work using video feedback.

Swirling Spirals: Merlyn Chipman.  Photo: Michael Moster

Swirling Spirals: Merlyn Chipman. Photo: Michael Moster

 

I will post some of my own photos of the event soon.

Merlyn will be doing a workshop, “Weaving with Light” at Aberthau where he will show you how to print these patterns on cloth.

Sounds like a lot of FUN!

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Amsterdam at Oorsprong Curators Series

by on Jul.02, 2013, under Concerts, Events, Films, Media, Music, Projects, Travel, Video

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.

Oorsprong-Mauceri+Gibson+Faraldo-MPEG-4 from victoria gibson on Vimeo.

It was a wonderful evening of creative music. Frank Mauceri and Ángel Faraldo are both wonderful musicians and I hope to play with them again.

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.

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Play the Moment at Mini Maker Faire

by on May.24, 2013, under Concerts, Events, Integrated Media, Media, Network Performance, Play the Moment, Projects, Video

PTM-Facebook-cover

PtM Poster-Vancouver Maker Faire-smPlay the Moment is at the Mini Maker Faire in Vancouver and on-line WORLDWIDE!

 

Buy a ticket to see fun maker events and Victoria play live with her internet creative crew!

http://vancouverminimakerfaire.brownpapertickets.com/

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. 

http://water-wheel.net/taps/view/235

Find out what time it is in your local area with this handy web tool


You can now donate directly to Play the Moment to support these free shows!


We have an event on facebook here

Like our facebook page

 

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Play the Moment at Network Music Festival UK

by on Feb.22, 2013, under Concerts, Events, Media, Network Performance, Play the Moment, Video

 

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.
http://water-wheel.net/taps/view/235

More information and guest list on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/302066193252470/

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

 

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Networked Performance by Play the Moment

by on Dec.09, 2012, under Concerts, Events, Integrated Media, Media, Music, Open Source, Projects, 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.

Schedule for these events here.

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

Our stage is located on a website in Australia called Waterwheel and will be viewed through either this link or a link through the festival site Scroll down to find our show.

About the Show

Excavating Desire – Fouilles pour le Désire

Play The Moment Shakti (Canada, USA)

11 December 10.30pm EST / 12 December 4.30pm New Zealand (find your local time)
12 December 1pm EST / 13 December 7.30am New Zealand (find your local time)

Excavating Desire is a free improvised audio and visual work in four movements:

  1. On the Surface – exploring constraints imposed on female desire by society and ourselves
  2. Digging Deep – recognizing our wants and needs
  3. Gathering Courage – risking societal censure, economic loss or emotional pain requires resolve and strength
  4. 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

A handy time zone converter to find your viewing time can be found here.

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.

Facebook Event Page Here

 

 

 

 

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Toronto Nuit Blanche

by on Oct.19, 2012, under Events, Fallen Angel, Films, Integrated Media, Projects, Victoria G, Video

zest-continuum-ruf angel from victoria gibson on Vimeo.

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.

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Solstice Performance on Waterwheel

by on Jun.30, 2012, under Events, Integrated Media, Music, Projects, Technology, Video


My performance last Friday on water-wheel — the event was a solstice celebration.

Water-wheel.net is a performance platform developed in Australia by Suzon Fuks.

My ensemble, Play the Moment – Shakti has been accepted to perform, using this platform as part of the 121212 Festival of performing cyber-arts.

PtM – Shakti members: Victoria Gibson, Jude Abrams, Sonia Paço-Rocchia and Christina deRoos.

The festival will occur on December 12, 2012 . . .

If the link above is faulty go to:
http://water-wheel.net/media_items/view/1599

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String Stories on You Tube

by on Dec.28, 2011, under Films, Music, Projects, Video

String Stories Video recorded, titled and posted to You Tube by Victoria G.

Working with my friend Paul Plimley is always a lot of fun!

This concert was part of the 2011 TD International Jazz Festival in Vancouver.

String Stories band members: Phil Emerson, guitar; Tommy Babin, bass and Paul Plimley, piano.

Taking the video was complicated by the fact that a camera person from a local television station had taken the spot that I had planned to set up in.

The back of the room was the next best and my new wide angle video lens really helped capture the whole stage.

The video is unedited, with audio from the camera, just title, render and upload!

 

 

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The Evolution is Being Televised

by on Nov.11, 2011, under Concerts, Events, Video


Occupy Vancouver is my local chapter of a huge worldwide movement. I watched with interest the first week, then spent a Sunday afternoon on a committee working out a process to keep the general assembly organized and running smoothly. Then I volunteered in the clothing tent, helping to hand out needed warm clothing to protesters and disadvantaged individuals.

I have visited the site a few times and always witnessed peaceful, busy people building their homes. Food Not Bombs has been serving meals and many of Vancouver’s homeless population are better cared for than they have ever been. Remember that many people are living pay cheque to pay cheque and an interruption in their income can quickly lead to loosing their home. Homeless people are not always drug users or anti-social deviants, many are impoverished individuals who cannot find work.

A young woman died at the Occupy site — “a drug overdose victim”, reported the mainstream press. I don’t know if that is true, but I was saddened by this event. However, it it is not a justification to move against the protesters. I know that in Vancouver, most drug related deaths are not even reported, especially not as important news. There are too many of the hopeless people who turn to chemical comfort and find a final rest.

The atmosphere of the Occupy site reminds me of the “sit-ins”, “Be-ins” and other passive protests of my youth. One difference is the diversity of the protesters, as they range from babes to elders. I shudder to remember how those events usually ended with the authorities violently displacing the unarmed, peaceful crowd. I fear for the safety of the protesters. Once an injunction is granted in Vancouver, the politicians will move swiftly to remove the protesters before the upcoming election.

In my opinion, the Occupy Movement is not inciting revolution. It is representing a social evolution.

In North America, the population is literate and has access to the internet.

Although the attempts to “dumb down” the mainstream with television and pop tunes have generally met with success, the economic crisis has brought a sharper focus to society. More and more individuals who have suffered financial hardship because of the economic conditions imposed by corporate greed are reacting.

Members of the middle class, usually afraid to loose a comfortable lifestyle, usually in favour of maintaining the status quo that  supports them — now speak out.

In support of the Occupy Movement, I wrote and performed this poem, The Evolution is Being Televised.

The Evolution Is Being Televised – Victoria Gibson Nov3-2011

You can stay home people,
You can lock your doors, your windows, and your mind
But you will not be able to loose yourself cocooned in your media devices,
You will not be able to ignore the movement occupying our streets
A social evolution that is taking the temperature of our times
Because the evolution is being televised

The evolution is being televised
Brought to you on the eleven o’clock news
by those who would dismiss the dissatisfaction of the population.
The evolution is being televised
Brought to you on the internet from cameras and phones
by those who would insist on the message getting through.
Social evolution on a screen near you
The evolution is being televised

Work to find solutions on the scale of our problems,
Direct democracy with a human microphone amplifying the message,
Dare to join the general assembly of citizens,
Raise your hand
Against an economic system built on colonialism.
Raise your hand
Against inequality and corporate greed.
Raise your hand
Here your vote will be counted.
Raise your hand in agreement
and hear “we have consensus”.
The evolution is being televised

There can be no democracy when politicians are in the pockets of the corporations,
Using fear to perpetuate all forms of oppression,
Rejecting responsibility for the destruction of the environment.
The spin doctors use damage control on the crisis of the day.
Political pundits seek individual representatives of a movement that is run on consensus.
The evolution is being televised

When those who vote have no control over our nations,
Those who vote assemble in the streets.
When those who vote seek action on their problems,
Those who vote assemble in the streets.
The diversity of our population young and old together,
All have been cheated of economic security and opportunity,
All have witnessed the continued degradation of our environment,
All seekers of freedom live in fear of brutal suppression,
While assembling bravely in the street looking for a brighter day.

The evolution is being televised, being televised, being televised
The evolution requires your imagination
The evolution is streaming live.

Contact: Victoria Gibson

See my song: Government of the Canadian People written before the last Canadian election.

 

 

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