Monthly Archives: September 2009

project ‘project +video’

picjam ces

intention: use video projection to complement word|sound in a space that permits performance as live mixed media installation


wha’ had happen was

ces looked at jam and said, ‘i got these beats, check em out, lemme know what you think,’ passing a funny flat rectangle box of buttons and lights ces claimed a beat machine (looked more like a time machine.) jam listened for a while then said, ‘yo, your beats are nice, i like 4 of em together especially’ adding as an afterthought, ‘you know, the ones with the gun shots… i bet i could write somethin bout war to dem…’ ces stood up and said, ‘then do it’ as she went back to building a stage and dj booth from found wood. so jam hauled on the earphones phones and grabbed her trusty notebook and pen and scrawled a poem that began ‘humanity’s a history of combat, mortal combat, fatal combat.’ those lines came first and came clear, crystal. after reviewing, editing and re-writing a second version, jam looked up and noticed the sun setting, ‘yo, what time is it guy?’ ces replied ‘uh, its been like 3 hours guy’ and both stared at each other for a minute til jam took a deep breath and read her pages of poetry – fast. then jammed the notebook in her bag and ran, fearful of feedback; it was a heavy poem about war and history and economics and injustice – not really for ‘music’ per se jam thought.

a couple days later, ces brought the strange machine out again saying to jam ‘what was the order you liked? let’s jam on it’ and blasted a beat without really giving jam the option to say no so jam picked up the notebook and began speakin over beats for the first time. ces insisted, ‘try it different’, ‘find your flow’, ‘move your arms and legs’, ‘you can repeat parts if you want’ and pretty soon jam and ces had a nice flow going – only problem was jam kept saying ‘switch the beat’ when she wanted ces to move on to the next of the four rhythms – they had to figure out a signal. given the content, ces suggested, ‘why don’t you come over and push me?’ jam gave her look and a sigh in reply, ‘i can’t push you!’ to which ces retorted, ‘uh, yah you can!’ and jam harrumphed in refusal, ‘how about i say something?’ ces looked thoughtful, ‘like what?’ and they considered a few options ‘we move on? we progress? we advance? it’s an advance? a technological advance?’ and they played with a few over the beats finally settling on one.

later ces and jam realized they had created a track complete with a hook. they performed it once, twice and then leilani said, ‘uh, next time, can you guys play a whole set? like 3-5 tracks?’ and without batting an eye ces and jam replied ‘mos def,’ though nothing existed yet except for security –

not havin it



art work and silkscreen by francesca aka lover sun

photos by yannick anton

abstract random bandits


a face paint station at live performances where every show-goer can have their faces painted as such


the art of 88 {nuit blanche edition}


the prototype

may 5 2009 is the first day we presented something like abstract random to the public. a great place to grow from. love

‘a bridge’ is a multi media performance piece exploring word, sound and image, as well as audience engagement, as tools to create a dialogue around color, class and community in an urban environment. to create the impression of a city, the artists perform within cardboard cut-outs of skyscrapers behind a backlit sheet .  the performers’ bodies cast shadows to obscure the listeners’ capacity to ‘see’ and therefore ‘perceive’ the artists as members of a specific group or gender.

the poem is delivered in a structured improv style with several key components including an overall narrative (how do we live as a heterogenous community in a shared space, the city) and two scenes (a mixed child confronts his white mother & the use of the word nigger.) given the audience, setting and current news issues, the piece has the potential to develop distinctly each time the story is told.

the soundscape is created through basic drumming and a sampler for beatbox and other vocals. following a 10-15 min piece, the storyteller hauls down the sheet to expose the performers and engage with the listeners who are asked to write one line on 1-3 sheets of paper circulated with pens throughout the room. instrumentals play as the audience become the artists until the papers return to the performer who jams on the collective poetry.

thank you

mari palhares | percussion

alejandra higuera | percussion

natalyn tremblay | live bridge building overhead projection

anitafrika! dub theatre | space & support