Combining Kyma with video, photo animation, and narrative voice, The Ocean Thief tells the story of a young girl whose beach-written story is stolen by the ocean, and her seagoing adventures as she fights to get it back. Filmed in Oregon (U.S.A.) and blue screen studios, the story explores the plight of the artist’s voice in a sea of voices, using metaphor to examine creativity, ancestry, mortality, and time.
Jefferson J. Goolsby, Video Artist/Story Writer
Video: Four one-minute examples of beta test clips for ArtCity Light Up The Night.
Metamorphose I is site-specific large-scale work that combines projection with sonic composition. The projection transforms trees/foliage into an optical illusion of undulating greenery, causing viewers to alternate between perceiving the undulating light and perceiving the undulating foliage. For ArtCity’s Light Up The Night, the visual algorithms and music would be determined based on the site dynamics, layout, and available foliage. Music will be composed to enhance the visual patterns and movement based on the effect of the projected algorithm (to be determined).
It would be helpful if organizers can provide projector as well as a canopy in event of rain, but if not then artists will be able to provide those items along with all other materials: projector, canopy, sound system, ladder, extension cords. Will also need: 120v power outlet, tree(s)/foliage/shrubs. We would also want to run some projection tests a week or two prior to the event, which would require two hours for setup and testing after dark to determine setup and algorithms to be used, and allow for music to be composed to selected patterns.
Note: Other collaborations and works by Mei-ling Lee and Jefferson Goolsby can be found throughout this site. Some direct links:
The Ocean Thief
Once Upon A Train
“The Feather” is a story inspiring us to speak up despite the overwhelming voices around us. The performance uses musical composition, video projection, and modern dance to paint a picture of a girl following her own voice amongst a sea of negativity.
Mei-ling Lee, Composer
Jefferson J. Goolsby, Story Writer
Sarah M. Nemecek, Dancer and Choreographer
Terry Holloway, Multimedia Artist
Visual Artists: Jefferson Goolsby & Ian Coronado
Sound Design: Mei-ling Lee
(sub)Urban Projections, Data ex Machina creates live visual and sonic narratives, performed on November 14, 2012, as part of (sub) Urban Projections at Hult Center Garage Rooftop, downtown Eugene, Oregon. Data ex Machina explores the possibilities and limits of alternative presentation forms for live cinema,image, and sounds.
This is a collaboration project with John Watson (Video Artist).
Once Upon A Train depicts a revelatory journey set in the Tokyo subway system.
Video was created using Goolsby’s “data palette” process, wherein hundreds of gigabytes of studio and vérité footage are shot and archived for a post-production jam of several days or weeks—on-the-fly, fluid creation much as a painter may use a palette of colors with the freedom to continually modify choices as the work progresses. Under these conditions the work will hopefully at some point begin to dictate creative decisions from possibilities within the available data palette. Diegetic and performed audio sources were given along with video drafts to Ms. Lee, who returned draft compositions to Mr. Goolsby where video was then modified and the process repeated several times.