Carrie Gates & Jon Vaughn
Friday, June 1, 2007, 8:00 pm
Jon Vaughn & Carrie Gates
Saturday, June 2, 2007, 8:00 pm
Workshops with Carrie Gates
Introduction to VJing
Friday, June 1, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Have you ever wondered how VJs create their artwork? Have you ever wanted to create a custom visual projection to work with a dance or theatre piece? Have you ever tried adding live visuals to a band’s performance or a DJ set? We can show you how!
In this fun and fast paced workshop, participants will be guided through the basics of VJing (live video mixing), including an overview of basic analogue video mixer features, configuration of live performance setups, and a quick sampling of some of the software options available for digital VJing. We will discuss how to capture, edit, and compress video to optimize it for VJ applications. If time allows, we may also take a look at some experimental methods using live cameras or no-input mixers.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers, if possible. Soil can provide a limited number of desktop computers. The demos for the VJ software applications can be installed on laptops beforehand to maximize workshop time.
Contact Mic Construction and Found Object Improvisation Workshop
Saturday, June 2, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
In this workshop, participants will learn how to make their own contact microphone and use it in live improvised music performances or as an alternative microphone for doing field recordings. Contact microphones are an interesting way of amplifying the vibrations within objects, rather than sensing the sound vibrations in the air as a normal microphone does. Contact microphones allow you to amplify objects such as windows, balloons, or plastic wrap, exposing a surprising world of sounds that cannot be heard through conventional means. The first part of the workshop will take participants through the steps of putting together their contact microphone from basic electronic components and the rest of the workshop will focus on exploring the potential of using everyday objects as amplified musical instruments in a fun and informal collaborative setting. Participants are welcome to bring objects and instruments to experiment with. Curiosity is necessary, experience is not!
Carrie Gates’ diverse art practices span the realms of VJing, experimental turntablism, sound art, sculpture, performance art, digital media, and the catylization of provocative interactive situations. Her work is unified by a pluralist vision and an appetite for teasing the uncanny from the familiar, critically yet playfully using and abusing any media she encounters. Recently, Gates has been working with creating innovative VJ performances using Max/MSP/Jitter and Arkaos software, sharing her findings with her peers through workshops and artist talks to encourage others to reclaim digital media as a tool for personal artistic expression and social change. Since 1996, she has been performing regularly at electronic music events, noise and experimental music shows, new media festivals, and art galleries. She runs the BricoLodge net.label with Jon Vaughn and works at the Division of Media and Technology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her performances, compositions, videos, and research work have been shown across Canada as well as in Germany and the USA.
Jon Vaughn is a Saskatoon-based audio-visual artist, DJ, writer, events coordinator/programmer/curator, and student at the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in Art History. His work often explores the politics of difference that emerge when clashing concepts or media together, and how this mixing transforms our perception and experience of our ‘known’, ‘everyday’ or ‘normal’ world and opens up gateways into new, unknown and/or sub-worlds. Vaughn has been active as a DJ since September, 2001.