Videomusic 'Screaming'

Friday, October 26, 2018
Event Title: Videomusic 'Screaming'
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: 106 Ottawa Ave, South River ON
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • Genre: Electronic / Multimedia
  • External Link: New Adventures in Sound Art

A videomusic screening and performance reflecting on periods of political menace and large scale disasters that sonically has moments of both pensive quiet and intense noise and that concludes with an intimate portrait of a heavy metal screaming face. Works by Christine Webster, Pierre-Luc Senécal, Chris Malloy and Geronimo Inutiq.


I. Operation Deep Pockets by Chris Malloy

Operation Deep Pockets contemplates the decisionmaking of a curiously loud, arrogant President of the United States. In August of 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson made a series of phone calls to direct airstrikes in Vietnam, and to order trousers. In Operation Deep Pockets, we hear audio derived from those phone calls, while wartime images punctuate the president’s dialogue with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

II. these apples by Geronimo Inutiq and Taqralik Partridge

'these apples' is a video by geronimo inutiq that combines digitally treated film of a navajo household - courtesy of the prelinger archives - and a spoken word piece with taqralik partridge, and ambient music.

III. a recurrent dream while driving west near Sand Creek by Chris Malloy and Leanna Kirchoff

On November 29, 1864, when the sun came up over a Cheyenne and Arapaho camp at Sand Creek (in present-day southeastern Colorado), most of the men were away for a hunt. United States Army Colonel John Chivington ordered five battalions — with more than six hundred soldiers — to attack the camp. Over two hundred victims were slaughtered as they desperately sought cover in the vegetation near the creek. Most were women and children.

Captain Silas Soule ordered his men not to fire. Soule later contributed eyewitness testimony to the subsequent Army investigation, which led to Chivington’s resignation. Five months after the Sand Creek Massacre, Soule was assassinated in Denver.

In November 2014, on the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issued a formal apology to the victims’ descendants.

A recurrent dream while driving west near Sand Creek juxtaposes images from the massacre site with scenes from modern Denver. The sounds are derived from Sand Creek wildlife; a rifle from the period of the massacre; Governor Hickenlooper’s apology; Chippewa teenager Matene Strikes First reading “from Sand Creek,” by Pueblo Acoma poet and ASU professor Simon Ortiz; and California College of the Arts Professor Caroline Goodwin reading “i will not say,” her poem about the role of her great-great-grandfather, John Evans (Colorado’s governor at the time of the massacre).

IV. Fukishima Days by Christine Webster

Fukushima Days is an experimental audio-video project created after the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011 in Japan. Footages have been manipulated with Rutt Etra and Super 8 FX effects by graphic artist Kantoh and edited to fit with the sound work previously created in 2011 by Christine Webster. The whole project confines to a dark and oppressive feeling but not without a sense of tragic beauty. This project is in support of Fukushima’s ongoing list of victims and a warning about the worldwide permanent nuclear threat we have to cope with.

V. cyber.hate.machine - In(side).Your.Face by Pierre-Luc Senécal

In this video, a blend between the aesthetics of heavy metal and the craftsmanship of electronic music, I have explored the powerful appeal of a screaming face, especially the one of three friendly death metal singers. The scream, a cornerstone of the death metal genre, is an excessive gesture, which, far from being an advocacy from hatred, somehow echoes the surreal reality in which we live. Thus, In(side).Your.Face is a very loud joke, a shout of celebration and gratefulness for being alive.

Special thanks goes out to Etienne Roy-Bourque (Nephilim), Laurent Bellemare (Basalte, Tribunal), Yann "Stormblood" Saint-Pierre (Distoriam) and Jean Piché.