EVANESCING THIS HARROWED STRATA
Tanya Doody and Jackson 2Bears
Thursday, October 5 @ VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Evanescing This Harrowed Strata is a collaborative multimedia performance piece by multidisciplinary artist Tanya Doody and Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist Jackson 2Bears. With this artwork we begin to talk about stories written on the land, and the conflicted histories layered on the earth in this territory; we endeavour to immerse ourselves in troubled narratives, and we want to explore strange and complicated encounters and perform alternative vocalizations.
In this performance we feature projections and live-feed video, and use both live and pre-recorded sound. We activate a bed of clay ‘strata’ with contact microphones; we use a digitally-enabled hand-drum and purpose-built ceramic objects with digital FX to dig with, to scream into, to crawl upon. A small tree weighed down with a ceramic ball and chain is unearthed and dragged, a ceramic shoe pulverizes all that lies beneath.
Photo credit: Rennie Brown and Ash Tanasiychuk
Evanescing This Harrowed Strata
Jackson 2bears and Tanya Doody
July 15, 2017
Globe Cinema, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Evanescing This Harrowed Strata is a new collaborative multimedia performance piece made in response to the invitation to participate in “WILD: Fabricating a Frontier” — an event organized by Contemporary Calgary, CUFF and M:ST during Stampede week in Calgary.
We used multiple projections with both live and recorded video; live and prerecorded sound; a bed of clay ‘strata’ and contact microphones; digitally-enabled hand-drum and ceramic objects with guitar effect pedals; a cedar tree tied to a ceramic ball and chain. A deer head, a ceramic mask, a ceramic shoe, and lots of soil — all of which were activated with gesture and sound. Tanya was dressed as a woman of the frontier and Jackson was dressed in a traditional ribbon shirt.
We wanted to talk about stories written on the land, and the troubled histories layered on the earth in this and other territories. We wanted to immerse ourselves in troubled narratives, and to explore strange and complicated encounters and to perform alternative vocalizations. Jackson 2bears and Tanya Doody performing Evanescing This Harrowed Strata, 2017.