Drop In/Drop Out Video Arts Expo / BYOB Vancouver

BYOB Berlin, 2010

Tonight in Vancouver, there will be 40 artists projecting their artwork in the W2’s 31,000 sq ft complex, making it one of Canada’s largest video art shows. BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a series of international one-night exhibitions, hosting artists and their projectors. BYOB originated in Berlin, Germany and was created by Rafaël Rozendaal. Co-curator of tonight’s BYOB Vancouver/Drop In/Drop Out Video Arts Expo, Brynna Childs, answers some questions about the event.

How did Drop Out Video Arts come about?

We formed because we needed to get a business license to operate our venue/studio because we got some knocks on our door from the city about our “office parties,” so that was how things started. But we also like to make community events and happenings and we don’t have any money so that is as non-profit as it gets!

Why did you chose to focus solely on video projection art?

We didn’t- there are a few installation pieces in the show we are having at W2, as well as live video mixing and collaborative experimental sound. There are even a couple performance pieces. All the artists have made a great use of the amazing space- Shawna McLellan is hanging a fabric installation from these giant pillars in the main concourse- then doing live video on it for Holzkopf’s performance. But our focus is of course on video and projection- it’s something we love doing.

How is Drop In/Drop Out / BYOB Vancouver going to be different than other BYOB events?

I think a big part of it was the sound element. Vancouver is a good music city and I think my friends and friends of friends are really talented and I wanted to see them play in one of the biggest venues in the city. Also when we make things like video feedback we listen to this music and/or mix visuals to it live sometimes so we wanted it there with us- its so much about what makes the art.

Who are some video artists that you find inspiration from?

We had some cool discoveries with this project. I’ll give a shout out to our co-collaborator for the show Zahid Jiwa- he really has opened up a whole new world of VHS to us. We also really like the music video from those guys from Emeralds and Joao Machado who is the artist that made the video for the Animal Bodies song Venus Transit. He’s an artist from Brazil.

Any last words?

I’m tired and tonight is going to be amazing.

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Friday March 18, 2011, Drop Out Video Arts in association with W2 presents:

Vancouver Video Arts Expo: Drop In / Drop Out/BYOB Vancouver

151 W. Cordova Street, W2 Storyeum 5pm – 3am

Implemented by W2 and Drop Out Video Arts, a newly formed Chinatown non-profit concerned with promoting emergent video, the show is a collaboration between an array of individual Vancouver artists, community artspace collectives, and local musical talent. BYOB Vancouver will take place at W2 Storyeum, one of the city’s largest venues which borders Vancouver East and West. With a strong focus on interactivity and community engagement, this event will share the possibilities of live video to all corners of the city and hopefully inspire many to explore their own potential as video artists.

The space will host no less than 40 projections from Vancouver Artists, and additionally include interactive displays and installation art. This exhibition will share with wider audiences the open communication of methodology, sharing of equipment and passion for the possibilities of moving light that are integral parts of experimental video production in Vancouver.

Participating artists: Liz Van Allen Cairns & Jessica Parsons, Mairin Cooley, Brynna Childs, Jorden & David Doody, Athena Papadopoulos, David Mattatall & Zoo Zhop, Luciana D’Anunciação, Theodore Bernard, Tom Whalen, Shawna Mclellan & Sydney Koke & Trevor Rutley, Peter Hadfield, Simon Redcrop, Patrick Cruz, Sam Buss, Vincent Van Haaff, Stephen & David James, Phoebe Heintzman-Hope, Emilio Rojas, Daniel Rincon, Zahid Jiwa, Devin Mackenzie, Robert Fougere, Paul Paper & Jennilee Marigomen, Sammy Chien, Krista Lomax, Sebnem Ozpeta, Ian MacTilstra, Barry Doupé, Trifecta (Chase Porter, Sydney Gregoire, Parker McMullin with Michaela Mckay) Monica Rudd, Owen Ellis, Darren Gawle & Jen Smyth, Leslie Kennah, Melissa Paget, Chris Boni & Charlie Saterlie, Yi Xin Tong, Gillian Cole, Nathan Whitford, Marie Horstead, Sarah Jane Holtom, Erica Wilk, Flick Harrison, Dance Troupe Practice, Baboon Torture, Vancouver Design Nerds Society

Curated by Mairin Cooley, Brynna Childs & Zahid Jiwa

Musical Accompaniment by:

Channels 3&4, Animal Bodies, Magneticring, Holzkoft and Crystal Dorval.

Drop Out Video Arts: http://dropoutvideo.com/

BYOB: http://www.byobworldwide.com/

W2 Storeyum: http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/w2-storyeum-1

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