Jessica Thompson- Invisible Cities


(in)visible cities included live performances by an array of internationally renowned artists including: Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Vancouver), Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan (Winnipeg), FASTWÜRMS (Creemore, ON), Jessica Thompson (Toronto), and Nhan Duc Nguyen (Vancouver). Cultural theorist Jeanne Randolph (Winnipeg) will act as (in)visible cities’ rapporteur/blogger, providing insightful commentary as festival events unfold.

To further engage audiences as both participants in and witnesses of the work, (in)visible cities  presented two performance workshops:

Performance and Activism in Everyday Life, led by Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, is a two-day workshop expanding ideas of performance art practice in relation to collaboration, community, and activism.

Freestyle SoundHack, led by Jessica Thompson, is a one-day workshop/performance
involving the creation of wearable sound pieces that generate and
broadcast electronic beats as users move through urban environments.

(in)visible cities also included a round-table discussion on performance practice, identity, community, agency and place.

The
city – our city – is network of living cultures with heterogeneous but
intersecting communities, systems, flows and struggles. Through
presenting performance works that play out a variety of modes of social
interaction with audiences, (in)visible cities provided an arena in which to further animate the stories, histories and economies of the Exchange District.

(in)visible cities gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Downtown Festival Grant Program, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Generous in-kind support is provided by Canadian Goodwill Industries Corporation, Little Saigon Restaurant, and Kensington Building Ltd.

Sincere thanks also to our donors, members and volunteers; and to our community, and friends and family.

Jessica Thompson's Freestyle SoundHack

Saturday, September 13 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Video Pool Media Arts Centre and other Exchange District sites

Jessica Thompson presented Freestyle SoundHack, a collaborative performance in the form of a workshop. The performance/workshop involved building Freestyle SoundKits
– wearable sound pieces prototyped by the artist – that generate and
broadcast electronic beats as users move through the urban environment.
During the performance, the artist gave her project to the public
by teaching workshop participants how to make their own Freestyle SoundKits, which they can distribute as they wish, using whatever sounds they choose.

The workshop began at Video Pool with a Freestyle SoundKits building
session, followed by live sonic and movement-based interventions in the
public spaces of the Exchange District. Thompson regards her
transmission of open-source technological skill as the core component
of the performance. She is interested in sharing technological
knowledge so that the sonic transformation of public space becomes less
of a specialized artistic activity and more of an ordinary occurrence.

The
workshop/performance was open to any one 14 years and older. No previous
electronics, hacking, coding or performance experience was needed – just
a desire to experiment and play.

Enrollment was limited to 10 participants and was available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The
fee for the workshop was $40, which coverd the cost of workshop
materials.

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