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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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CIUT Radio Interview from the Guelph Festival

by on Sep.21, 2011, under Events, Integrated Media, Media, Travel

Bandwidth LogoExhibiting Bandwidth as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival Nuit Blanche gave me the opportunity to enjoy the audience reaction to the work, as three enthusiastic audience members participated simultaneously. Each individual operated a controller to “dance” one of the images projected on one of the three screens as the other images (one per screen) reacted to selected frequencies in the soundtrack.

Now, I have a very good idea of how to create an interface for stand alone installation. Everyone had positive comments and the wireless arduino powered control was a source of wonder. Thanks to everyone who assisted me in the programming of the Arduino sketch.

During the day, I was able to hear some of the other performances in downtown Guelph and was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the resident radio station. CIUT fm was broadcasting live from the tent and playing CD’s of musicians who were performing at the festival.

Toronto’s preeminent, listener-supported presenter of leading-edge music and spoken-word programming since 1966.

Producer Erik Betlem was kind enough to send me a copy of the interview recorded live on September 10th in the downtown Guelph outdoor venue tent.
The hosts were David Dacks and Laura Dymock,

Bandwidth Interview – click to go to the interview then  — click to listen.

Thanks to all the festival organizers, volunteers, CIUT and the friendly citizens of Guelph — I am grateful for the opportunity to premiere my interactive installation in Guelph.

Hope to see you all again soon.

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Bandwidth at Guelph Festival Nuit Blanche — Tonight

by on Sep.10, 2011, under Projects

Bandwidth Logo

Tonight, as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival Nuit Blanche — World Premiere of my work, Bandwidth.

Bandwidth2011 download project outline

Facebook Event Page

Time
Saturday, September 10 at 12:00am – September 11 at 2:00am

Location
Moksha Yoga Guelph & Body Therapies – Outside behind the building

78 Norfolk St.
Guelph, ON

I am so happy to be in Guelph and meet all of the friendly people here. What a beautiful countryside with the stone farm houses.
Great community support for the festival too!

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VIX Vimeo Videos

by on Aug.20, 2011, under Concerts, Events, Fallen Angel, Films, Fine Imagery, Media, Projects, Rise Up Fallen Angel, Video

This summer has been very eventful for me and some of the work that I have been doing is now posted on Vimeo!

Videos include my newest work: Kensington Mystery Man

Kensington Mystery Man from victoria gibson on Vimeo.

There is a film clip of the title sequence for Rise Up, Fallen Angel

Rise Up, Fallen Angel — Opening title sequence from victoria gibson on Vimeo.

Lisle Ellis said this one of his favourite visual parts of the show! That is quite a compliment considering the quality of art from the contributors around the world and Lisle’s dedication to his own visual art. This clip is really a display of my work in the visual and audio realms. I will be creating a documentary video of the event and my projection artist collaborator, Christina deRoos has posted a clip to her Vimeo account here.

Rise Up Fallen Angel from Christina deRoos on Vimeo.

The final public clip is a documentary of the work I did at EMPAC in 2010 — it is a work-in-progress showing of my Integrated Media Arts piece, Bandwidth. The video was edited by Julia Alsarraf, a colleague who also participated in the Media Lab at EMPAC.

Bandwidth at EMPAC 2010 from victoria gibson on Vimeo.

The EMPAC experience was very important to me in many ways, but meeting the other artists was a great inspiration. I am still collaborating with one of my other colleagues, Suzon Fuks, an Australian artist. She is launching her Waterwheel project on August 22nd! I have contributed some of my water video and will be uploading more photos and other material to the collection. If you would like to be part of my crew in the “Tap” section, please contact me. I would like to be a more involved participant in the project.

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Portrait-Portfolio-Photography

by on Jul.03, 2011, under Concerts, Events, Media, Photography

After taking photos for a number of years, I have found a major interest in portrait photography. All of my photo and visual art will now be done under the name “Victoria G, Fine Imagery”

I know that I like to put commas in titles (Rise Up, Fallen Angel) and the design establishment says that is bad. I will continue my wayward comma loving ways, thank you.

Before the band, Five Alarm Funk, took to the stage, they asked me to send them any photos I took of the band. I told them I was not the official photographer, so I would not take photos of them, I was going to take photos of all the pretty girls. The young men in the band were very happy to accept copies of those photos instead, so I knew I had come up with a good idea.

I am very busy right now because the Vancouver Jazz Festival is on — but today is the last day. I have to go and catch some jazz at David Lam Park.

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Rise Up, Fallen Angel — TONIGHT

by on May.26, 2011, under Concerts, Design, Events, Fallen Angel, Films, Media, Music, Photography, Rise Up, Rise Up Fallen Angel, Technology, Video

If you are not able to come to the show Rise Up, Fallen Angel — Please watch on the Center for Performance Research UStream channel.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cprnyc

This is a big night — we have had many technical challenges setting up 3 screens of projection and surround sound, then streaming it all on to the internet.

Tonight is our open rehearsal, see you there.

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Rise Up, Fallen Angel on Vimeo

by on May.24, 2011, under Concerts, Design, Events, Fallen Angel, Films, Media, Music, Open Source, Photography, Rise Up Fallen Angel, Technology, Video

Rise Up Fallen Angel – Thurs 5/26-Sat 5/28 – www.cprnyc.org – Brooklyn, NY from Christina deRoos on Vimeo.

I am in NYC working hard on the show with my collaborators.

Christina deRoos, my collaborator in the visual projection aspect of the show, made a video yesterday and posted it on Vimeo as a demo.

I hope you like it.

Click here to View on Vimeo.

Tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets Here — only $12.

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Rise Up, Fallen Angel in Brooklyn, NY

by on May.08, 2011, under Concerts, Design, Events, Media, Music, Photography, Projects, Rise Up Fallen Angel, Video


Rise Up, Fallen Angel

The ephemeral strands that connect us; a gesture, a sound, a touch – may trigger cascades of meaning.
A glimpse of something peripheral to the main event, catches attention, and is gone — slipping into the crowd. “Play the Moment Composers’ Collective” weaves together strands of light and sound to form a tapestry of improvised narrative. The integrated media exhibition, Rise Up, Fallen Angel, brings together a diverse collection of visual creators from many countries who have sent their angels through the internet. We invite you to a primal, emotional experience designed to create an organically resonant, sensory immersion. Satisfy the need for spiritual renewal and tribal ritual in a contemporary context; myth and symbolism invoked using the latest in modern technology. We seek to reinforce the resilience of the human spirit: rise up and overcome the problems we all recognize in our lives, our communities and our planet.

Download RUFA-blurb-final-150wd

The show will be awesome because of the wonderful artworks that have been submitted and the artistry of the Play the Moment Composers’ Collective.

Play the Moment consists of:

Paul Plimley – Lisle Ellis – Christina deRoos – Victoria Gibson

More information will be posted soon as I am working on producing a short demo of the show.

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Women and Identity Festival

by on May.01, 2011, under Events, Media, Music, Photography

Deep Listening Institute and the 11th Annual Women & Identity Festival present:
Women & Identity – An Art on the Wall Virtual Gallery
May 7-June 30, 2011
Opening Reception:  May 7 from 7-9 pm
The Shirt Factory Gallery, 77 Cornell St, Suite 303
Virtual Gallery on view:  deeplistening.org/site/content/art-wall-home

Artists include Sadee Brathwaite, Susan Bottrell, Victoria Gibson, Leslie Greene, Jan Harrison,
Julie Hedrick, Ione, Shirley Parker-Benjamin, Julia Santos-Solomon, Suiren and Julia White

Women & Identity Group Show is dedicated to the concept of women artists creating a vibrant and supportive community with each other.


ART ON THE WALL
Virtual Gallery are exhibitions of virtually projected paintings, sculpture, video installations and other visual works
curated by Deep Listening Institute’s Artistic Director, IONE.  Screenings and opening receptions take place at Deep Listening Space in the Shirt Factory at 77 Cornell Street, Suite 303 on the first Saturday of the month of the announced exhibition. The artist’s statement and work is featured on the DLI website during the ensuing month at http://deeplistening.org/site/content/art-wall-home.

Victoria G, Fine Imagery

Artist Statement:

Hindu philosophy sees each of us as containing five layers; the least refined, outside layer is the sheath of food. The inner layers are more related to spiritual existence, breath and links to the divine. The sheath of food, my flesh, is the layer that defines my sex, in all other layers no fundamental difference between men and women is defined.

In the North American society that has shaped my development, my identity as a girl, then as a woman was often used as a constraint. Females did not ride motorcycles, play electric guitar or become expert in technology, yet, I did all of these activities. This led to a lot of gender confusion in my mind until, when I was in my 30’s I created my own concept of womanhood. Since that time, I have decided that because I am certifiably female that activities I do are appropriate for a woman. I ignore criticism and societal definitions as much as possible.

In the 1950’s and ’60’s girls were assigned roles based on their physical appearance. I was not in the “”pretty girl”” category, so I was encouraged to have a “”nice personality”” and be useful in the domestic realm. These attitudes persist, even though they are not current official policy. Now I am older, I am doubly excluded, as ageism compounds my lack of commercial appeal.

Images of women who are perceived as beautiful in the media are pervasive and most women are excluded from this category. I intend to portray my flesh in an artistic celebration of female definition and joy that is different from the images promoted by the beauty industry and commercial sources. My intention will be to offer an alternative portrayal that is more inclusive and allows women to feel themselves as beautiful.”

Addendum: While exploring an alternative concept of female beauty, I realized that senior women are a frequent subject in my photographic work and that I had photographed them to capture their beauty. I decided that this category of photo illuminates my concept of non-commercial alternative female images even better than images of myself. Thank you to Agatha Holmes, Fran Diamond, Margaret Mitchell and Pauline Oliveros for generously allowing me to use photos I took of them in this exhibition.

Artist Bio:

Victoria Gibson is an Integrated Media Artist who is involved in visual, dance and musical performances. Although her core training is in music, much of her professional work has included other media. She has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, Phil Minton and Karen Jamieson among others. Victoria lives in Vancouver and received her BA from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her visual art works, including digital fine art, projections, photography and films are produced under the company name: Victoria G, Fine Imagery.

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Song – Government of the Canadian People

by on Apr.15, 2011, under Events, Music, Video

In these days, citizens of many countries are standing up against tyranny and oppression. Dictators are being toppled as the people take to the streets. In Canada, we still have the option of taking to the ballot boxes and in this election, we have a real and pressing need to do so.

Here is my song — sorry about the ad — I will record it again and post ad free as soon as I can. I have had to do this really quickly due to the work involved in my New York show next month.  UPDATE 2015 — New recording and film produced Vote Canada 2015

If the video above doesn’t work try this link http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13939494

I will also fix the justification of the chords over the words.

Government of the Canadian People
C                G               C        F                G                                                       C
I don’t want to tell you how to vote, but I know what my choice will be
C                    G        C       F                G                                  C
Conservatives must loose the day for Canada to stay free!

F                        G             F                     G
Contempt for Parliament cannot win, that’s what makes me sing,
F                                   G                        F                  G
Canada has our royal queen, we don’t need a self-made king!

C                         G                        C           F            G     C
Steven Harper’s Government of Canada, please don’t let it be
C                             G            C            F             G             C
Yoko stood for her right to Imagine, Canadians, so should we

F                       G                                     C
This is the government of the Canadian people
F               G                C
Steven Harper has to go
This is the government of the Canadian people
Steven Harper has to go

F                                              G        F                    G
Precious rights and freedoms restore, Court challenges and so much more
Peroguing Parliament, secret government — we will take no more

C                    G                       C                    F          G                           C
The cuts to Arts, Status of Women and our made in US Environmental Plan,
C                G                        C             F             G                         C
Threats to CBC and Health Act, Canada can be destroyed by one man.

So many dirty decisions — a long list I would like to add,
I noticed all of the changes Canadians, it makes me mad!

This is the government of the Canadian people
Steven Harper has to go
This is the government of the Canadian people
Steven Harper has to go

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