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Experimental Music & Video + Interpretive Dance = Another Great Night @ VIVO

VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver’s oldest artist run media centre, continues to turn out excellent evening programming.

Most recently, a night simply called “Live Audiovisual Event” (no need for superfluous wording: I can dig it) featured a series of experimental sound artists, all accompanied by video projections.Live Audiovisual Event @ VIVO, Nov 4th 2011

First up, Vancouver minimal electronica noise pioneers Coin Gutter. coingutter_VIVO_IMG_1952
Their sound has moved away from abrasive, insulting noise to a more rhythmic beat-oriented sound, yet their dirty, unexpected random noises are still present and set this duo apart from the rest.
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Next up, voice contortionists Ross Birdwise and Soressa Gardner with video visuals (mostly looped and upside down clips from old cartoons) by Victor Ballesteros.
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While this group has more than enough talent to hold everyone’s attention, they added Luciana D’Anunciacao to the team.
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Her interpretive dance, at times erratic, at times soft and gentle, was an impossibly captivating element of the evening.
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The last group that I saw (J Garrett ending the evening after I left) was The Automatic Message. Not only were the visuals for AM’s set beautiful HD clips of single men in a variety of remote locations (barnhouses, fields, etc), but their music was bumpin’!!
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Just as I noticed my hips and feet loosening into their beats, a friend came over and said, in an almost shocked voice, “Hey, you wanna dance?” The night, up to this point, was about sitting and absorbing the excellent sounds & visuals performed by some of Vancouver’s most talented artists. But now it was time to dance!
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An excellent evening all around. I left VIVO undeterred by the evening’s light rain; my core was warm and satisfied as I cycled home.

For my full gallery of pics from the evening, visit my set on Flickr: Live Audiovisual Event @ VIVO, Vancouver BC, November 4 2011

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