JOHNSTON, Shawn

2000 3rd 7a*11d Festival

=Videodrome= Body + Blood/Picture + Sound
Saturday November 4 10 pm
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

= Videodrome = Body + Blood / Picture + Sound was the latest installment of Jubal Brown’s ongoing campaign to bring together performance art and underground dance/rave culture. Promising “experience as spectacle,” Brown’s interest is to combine the best of both worlds, providing the sensual, experiential environment and engaging atmosphere of a late-night dance party, but adding the content and unpredictability of performance art. Videodrome‘s thesis was to contrast live and mediated expression, presenting works that could be experienced ‘in the flesh’ in one room, or viewed as projected spectacle in another. For this event, a series of DJs played trance and electronic dance mixes in a party environment of multiple video projections, with live performances presented on the hour in a second room and projected onto the walls of the dance area. The performances ranged from gory tableaux of bodies in distress to the destruction of furniture and a late-night fire demonstration.

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