Well here we are… careening on as the one year anniversary of the global pandemic approaches. There sure are lots of things still to grieve. Mostly i’ve been missing in person gatherings, shows, concerts, playshops, and all that was mostly my lifestyle and livelihood in the “before-times”. Grieving memories of when i was working and touring as a theatre artist. Sigh. But, all is not lost! I really want to share the continued thread of joy that has filled my creative and social void inside all this. Specifically the community collaborations with Mind of a Snail and the evolution of Shadowjam! to an online live stream platform. Shadowjam! is always something that has built community, and it continues to do so despite the physical distance. It surprises me how present it feels. Every Sunday evening from 7:30-10:30pm PST we host a real-time virtual connection place on twitch that actually really feels connected. It’s a community cauldron… collective story-making…an interactive art, music channel. All moods welcome. Participate directly or just hold space at the edges. Welcome to follow and join us! https://www.twitch.tv/mindofasnail
i’m curating a retrospective art show of my mum Shelley’s photography. She died less than two years ago and we never had a public memorial thingy. Grief is totally ongoing and organic; it’s like…how many innumerable (little and big) ways can we continue to honour the dead?!
Art shows are fun.
It’s been kind of like a timeless collaboration between her and i as i decide which images to enlarge and frame. Lots of trips down memory lane digging through all the photos to find the specific negatives to print from.
You are invited, the exhibition is next month Nov 5-29th at the GPAG gallery in lower Gibsons.
I also made a webpage of the show (plus extra bits) for those who won’t be on the Sunshine Coast during that time and for those farther away. www.motherdaughtercoast.ca Click a way.
Shelley Twohig never used photoshop; she didn’t alter her photos digitally in any way. These images are some from her “cello” series, where she would photograph from still life onto slide film; then by using two slide projectors, would layer the images onto the same surface and reshoot. This analog blending technique is pretty neat.
love to shell
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