NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS

3 Hour Programme Only: 8-11pm

interdisciplinary works by
SARAH SHEARD
ANNA MARIE REPSTOCK & MIKE CONROY
DINKA PIGNON & IVA MLADENOVIC
KATE HENDERSON (AHVA MFA Candidate)
NEIL EUSTACHE & CHARLENE VICKERS

an installation by
SARAH SHAMASH
musical performance by
LEAH ABRAMSON & KORI MIYANISHI

a new Not Sent Letters Set by JEREMY TODD
featuring CAROL SAWYER, MARINA ROY (AHVA Associate Professor), GRAHAM MEISNER,
DONATO MANCINI & CRISTA DAHL

NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS form public constellations of engaged interdisciplinary and durational practice, uncompromised by the realpolitik conditions of contemporary art as a competitive professional sphere. The interrelatedness of art, society and everyday life is critically explored amongst a diverse plurality of artists and publics.  JEREMY TODD organizes each event as an extension of his NOT SENT LETTERS PROJECT, an ongoing entanglement with the production of meaning, self and cultural memory, involving image/text epistolary detours online (since 2005), digital film shorts, interdisciplinary performance works and cooperatively realized public events: http://notsentlettersproject.com

SARAH SHEARD, an Ontario-based novelist and Gestalt therapist, presents A Sausage Séance with Bertolt Brecht.  Sheard enacts a two-chair dialogue experiment with late playwright Brecht, the protagonist of her recent novel KRANK: Love in the New Dark Times.  In KRANK, Brecht’s time and Sheard’s own come clashing together in Toronto’s infamous G20 riots and later, in a trip back in time to Berlin.

ANNA MARIE REPSTOCK, a Vancouver-based artist, painter and recent SFU MFA graduate, collaborates for the first time with her longtime partner MIKE CONROY.  Together they present a video documenting Anna’s process in writing a letter to Van Morrison.

DINKA PIGNON, a senior new media and interdisciplinary artist, collaborates with her niece IVA MLADENOVIC to present Taming The Hydra:  a quiet performance by a virtual head assembly, honoring Dantika, daughter of the King of Kosala (a district in India at the time of the Buddha). One day Dantika observes an elephant obeying its master’s commands.  She reflects upon the situation, “seeing what was wild before gone tame under human hands”, and becomes a fully enlightened arahant.

KATE HENDERSON is a Vancouver-based artist and photographer now completing an MFA at UBC.  For Not Sent Letters & Guests she continues to navigate transitional spaces between the analog and the digital in relation to lens-based technologies. Kate will deploy monologue narration, found imagery and projection to consider how these mechanical changes are impacting our bodies, perceptions, and experiences.

NEIL EUSTACHE & CHARLENE VICKERS debut a work as part of their ongoing Cool Indians On Main Street project. Since 2007, spontaneous meetings have taken place over coffee, sandwiches and the photo documentation of passers-by from a bench at the corner of Main and 13th in Vancouver.  Not Sent Letters Comrades are invited to stand as participants and audience members during the presentation of a mighty, towering bench inside VIVO. Improvised performance, storytelling and occasional heckling are to be expected.

SARAH SHAMASH is a Vancouver-based artist experimenting with mapping strategies to convey experiential knowledge through everyday life.  For Not Sent Letters & Guests she presents the letters A, B and I from her ongoing modular series The Alphabet Project.  Each letter/piece deploys its own language and narrative: A is for Aerial, B is for Bathtub, and I is for Idle No More.  The 26 letters of the alphabet will eventually be assembled through a website, allowing users to spell words and generate edited sequences with them.

KORI MIYANISHI postponed a Not Sent Letters & Guests performance in June to attend the birth of his child!  He returns this September to collaborate with LEAH ABRAMSON, another singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist rooted in traditional American music and improvisation.  They debut a collection of short pieces about the past, present and nostalgia, exploring their potential integration within a cohesive body of work.

JEREMY TODD presents a new Not Sent Letters Set piece featuring Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists CAROL SAWYER, MARINA ROY, GRAHAM MEISNER, DONATO MANCINI & CRISTA DAHL. The work integrates readings, projections, scoring and play with letters to Treetops, Those It Used To Concern, Readers Of Not Sent Letters and The Makers Of The Price Is Right (selected from the project archive):  http://notsentlettersproject.com/category/letters

EXPLORE previous Not Sent Letters & Guests events here:  http://notsentlettersproject.com/category/events

PLEASE EMAIL Jeremy Todd to HOST or CONTRIBUTE to a future NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS: jeremytodd@notsentlettersproject.com

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SPECIAL THANKS to
JOHN BRENNAN (technical prep & supervision)
MATILDA ASLIZADEH (digital videography)
VIVO Staff & Volunteers (hosting & bar).

@ VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main Street, Vancouver
Saturday Night, September 28, 2013
3 Hour Programme Only:  8-11pm
$5-$20 suggested sliding scale donation (toward event production costs)
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.