My formal training in Germany was originally in Drawing and Philosophy, and throughout my studies I found myself falling outside, or in between, traditional categories of artistic practice. I have always sought out and developed creative partnerships with musicians, performers, writers and people from various contexts, and have experienced how many forms may emerge through these collaborations. The works have been variously termed new media, interdisciplinary, emerging genres, integrated media practices or ‘hybrid forms.’ I am interested in encouraging a dialectic relation between diverse media in order to challenge the limits of spectatorship and the divide between art and music and the everyday.
I co-direct the Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab with composer and multimedia artist Brent Lee. As co-founders of the Noiseborder Ensemble, we have been exploring exploring artistic and technical complexities in multimedia performance. The ensemble includes Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus, Nicholas Papador, Trevor Pittman, Megumi Masaki, and Chris McNamara. The ensemble has performed at various festivals and venues, including ClarinetFest Oostende, Belgium (2018); Chetham’s International Piano Festival, England (2018); the Festival des Musiques de Création in Jonquière, Quebec (2015); Beyond The Keys, Laban Theatre, London UK (2015); Bangor University, Wales (2015); the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (2013); the Sonorities Festival in Belfast (2013)..
Epiphanies (2017) by Douglas Finch (composer, pianist) and Sigi Torinus (visual artist) for piano, video, soundtrack, and Alice Munro-inspired poetry performed by Megumi Masaki (more info). Douglas Finch: Spoken text inspired by Alice Munro’s writing conjures moments of heightened perception that tend to come to characters in a state of solitude, fragility or vulnerability. In Epiphanies, a few of these moments have been strung together from different stories – transplanted out of their original context into a a dream-like collage of impressions, using words, music, images and sound.
• UBC Concert “Light and Perspective,” Roy Barnett Recital Hall, Vancouver. January 30, 2019
• Chetham’s International Festival, at the Chetham’s School of Music, England. August 17, 2018
• Noiseborder Festival, School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor. May 15, 2018
• The Evans Theatre Brandon, Manitoba. March 27, 2017
Questioning the perception of public spaces, the territory of daily life. An audiovisual collage merging historical facts with surreal imagery collected in and around a specific site. Live video and images extracted from a data base of historical information compiled by the artists are projected directly back onto the surface of these historic structures. The music is based on field recordings and live generated sounds in a realtime composition.
- LOLA Festival London, London ON Canada (2007)
- Ninth Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2006)
In Germany organized by blackhole-factory with the support of Land Niedersachsen, Stadt Braunschweig, Stiftung NordLB ÖFFENTLICHE:
• Museum for Photography, Braunschweig, Germany
• Wolfenbüttel Public Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
• Ministry of Justice, Braunschweig, Germany
• Aegidien Cathedral, Braunschweig, Germany
• Braunschweig Bahnhof/ Central Train Station, Braunschweig, Germany.
- Gasolinera (2001/02) international mural project, with José Seoane (Cuba) and KOPRA, Braunschweig (Germany)
- Teatro Macuba (2000/01) mural & video project with José Seoane (Cuba) Teatro Macuba (Cuba), and Karsten Meier/KOPRA, Braunschweig (Germany)
- Various mural projects in Albenga, Italy (1984), Cariati, Italy (1983)