“dish of orcas is a flash in the pan; bite sized muscular predators of the sea that are endangered.”
excited to announce that today dish of orcas gets hatched into the whirl’d
How did you find creating music for the 20×20 project?
Fun loops in restraint. I enjoy the limits set by this project. Art is free to wriggle wildly inside clearly defined frames.
Describe the approach you had for making a 20 second long track?
Initially I mulled over the numerology of it all…like something in the saying “2020 hindsight”. I thought maybe math or nostalgia could help guide me through this. I turn 40 years old in 2020 too, so that milestone might have some sort of significance here. The passing of time, the restrictions in time, the way time loops. Regurgitating time into smaller digestible bits. This collection of songs/sketches has burst forth from a place of random memory excavation: by rooting through field recordings and dream journal excerpts I collected onto cassette tape over the past year.
How did this approach differ from making music without a strict time-limitation?
As listeners, how does our attention increase when we know that there is a strict time limit set on what is being shared? What type of story can actually be told in 20 seconds? in 400 seconds? How can I make each second count? I felt these limits force me to trim my source materials more ruthlessly in an effort be more succinct.
Is there a theme, narrative or concept to the 20 tracks you’ve contributed?
I wanted the whole album to sound sort of like shuffling tarot cards, tossing them down, and then trying to make (non)sense from the symbols that are played into the ears at random. I create sound collage in a similar way that I create visual art. What colour catches your ear? What sounds do the eyes follow? It’s as if each of these twenty second tracks could represent an art card pulled at random. That card could then also fit together with the next 20 second image to answer any “question” the listener may pose to the sounds as a tool for random sound divination(?!) The result is pure dadaism, which to me is essentially tarot, the subconscious, and an open invitation into the dreamtime.
Meaning is optional.
What instruments / software did you use to create the pieces?
All sounds are originally recorded onto cassette tape: field recordings, dream journal excerpts, ukulele, jaw harp, voice, plucking elastic bands; then everything gets cut up and layered in the computer with audacity.
i think i’m processing grief through clowning..(?!?) and i’ll be sharing a brand new performance piece at this show upcoming:
The Revue Stage in Vancouver is an awesome venue for live theatre; and in this cabaret there are 12 of us debuting brand new original bits. The ASSEMBLY is a collective of womxn and non-binary clowns, who for this show are each playing with mask-u-linity in their own way.
Would you dare to miss (or mister) this? Three nights to choose from: Dec 6/7/8th
Multiple Organism is a genre and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults (18+) about having a body and how our body is seen by others. Expect bizarre and hilarious nudity using the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.
Multiple Organism March 19th-30th in the Vancity Culture Lab at the Cultch
1895 Venables Street Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
get tickets here: https://thecultch.com/events/multiple-organism/
“Daring … raunchy … ingenious” — VueWeekly Edmonton
Mar 19, 8PM: Preview
Mar 20, 8PM: Opening
Mar 21 – 23, 26 – 30, 8PM
Mar 23 – 24,30, 2PM
Post-show Artist Talkback: Mar 24, 26
60 minutes, no intermission
Created & Performed by Mind of a Snail: Jessica Gabriel & Chloe Ziner
The Moustache: Chloe Ziner
The Model: Jessica Gabriel
Buddy (The Body): Jessica Gabriel (torso) & Chloe Ziner (live video mouth)
Projection & Puppetry Design: Jessica Gabriel & Chloe Ziner
Sound Design: Chloe Ziner
Mouth Masks by Necesseteeth (Janessa Johnsrude)
Mind of a Snail CREATOR’S NOTES:
We often describe our shows as visual poems with narrative elements. We love metaphor, image-based puns and absurdity. At the core of our process is exploration and discovery. We spend lots of time in the studio following the “tingly” feelings: we’re looking for ideas that make us gasp, or laugh, or cry out!
We were playing around with live video projections on different surfaces when we discovered that we could use the human body as a projection surface—and we could make it talk! With this seed of an idea, around the same time we were having conversations about our relationships with gender, and our own bodies; how the weirdness and practicalness of our body in private can be so different from the body that is presented in public. We also did a lot of exploration with everyday objects that relate to the body. When we tried these objects on the overhead projector, we were both surprised by how easy it was to “project” gender onto the shapes of the items kept in our bathroom drawer. This, of course, is part of the magic trick of puppetry: puppetry doesn’t just take place on the stage, it happens inside our own minds. When an object moves a certain way, we fill in the blanks with thoughts and feelings that we imagine them having. It’s all interpreted by our own neurological patterns: through the empathy and prejudices we hold inside us. We don’t just do this with puppetry either—we do this all the time, with other human beings. We’re all just projections, man.
This is essentially a show about seeing and being seen. Multiple Organism needs an audience. It’s not just about what we are doing on stage, it’s about what’s going on in your head. As audience, what makes you more uncomfortable: Absurdity and ambiguity? Bodily functions? Pubic hair? Overt stereotypes and sexist harassment? A sudden violent death? What is hilarious? What is disgusting? Where do you draw that line?
We debuted this show the summer right before the #metoo movement took off. There’s a new conversation happening about sex and power right now. This show is our queer little contribution. We hope you see the humanity inside the objects we all are.
— Chloé & Jessica