Thursday, October 22, 2009

Everything Popular is Wrong

This is an experimental machinima exploring some new ideas I am working with concerning culture and commodity. This video is an excerpt from a solo performance/installation that took place at Eastern Edge Art Gallery, St. John's and on Odyssey Island, Second Life - presented as part of the Eastern Edge Art Marathon, August 2009.

Sound score: PWRHM by Humming Pera/Tina Pearson, performed by Avatar Orchestra Metaverse.

Text by Oscar Wilde, Liz Solo and local St. John's events listings.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This is Distorted

I am very proud to say the new punk-rock-comedy-hour This is Distorted premiered at this year's Rock Can Roll Music and Media Festival.

This is Distorted is an ongoing multi-media series by Liz Solo, Sherri Levesque, Steve Abbott, Glenn Tizzard, Mike Kean and Anthony Brenton. The first episodes took place September 25 and 26th, 2009 live at Distortion. Photographer Jai Me - who also acted as volunteer projectionist for the two live performances - snapped some great pics from the booth.

At the beginning of the show, feeling insecure about being in front of so many people, the troupe covered the audience in sheets. We gave them flashlights and asked them to document what happened underneath the sheet with cell phone cameras.

Here Liz Solo, Steve Abbott, Sherri Levesque and Newf, the baby harp seal, work on a scene from "The Great Newfoundland Play".

Newf, the baby harp seal, delivers his premiere stand-up performance, commenting on the clubbing scene in the city, and, among other subjects, his conspiracy theory that the weed shortage on George Street is directly related to Danny Williams' hoarding problem.

Sherri delivering an hilarious stand-up routine on the trials of being single and her unconventional solutions.

Liz, Steve and Mike rocking out at the end with "Evil Drunks" by Dogmeat BBQ while Sherri rocks out with hula hoop.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Second Front perform at Eyebeam/Release "Avvie Road"

The Second Front Performance Art Collective have just released our second DVD of machinima from our latest performance work. We celebrated with a performance at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.

Pictured above - Lizsolo inside the Crypt as Tut's Mummy Zombie with Fau Ferdinand and Tran Spire also as mummies. The next picture is lizsolo as Tron, Guardian of the Crypt. Images taken in performance on Friday October 9, 2009. THE CRYPT was performed simultaneously live at the Eyebeam Center in NY, New York and at the Eyebeam sim in Second Life as part of Eyebeam's Second Life Performance Night.

Explorers discovered the crypt deep inside of Second Life - a crypt filled with artifacts! As Tron it was my role to protect the sacred treasures from plunder. After a fierce battle with Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and other explorers I/Tron was defeated.

Pictured below - Man Michinaga as Tomb Raider taking over the crypt and Bibbe Oh as a Zombified explorer.

After the performance we met up on the roof of the temple to dance and to celebrate the release of our second DVD - Avvie Road. Find out more on the Second Front Homepage.