May 12th, 2017
FREE ADMISSION | CASH BAR
SAW Video Media Art Centre is pleased to present a night of live performance and experimental music featuring Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma/Los Angeles), Fire Queen (Hull, QC) and Skin Tone (Montreal, QC). Varied in their distinct approaches to performance and sonic experimentation, from the four-to-the-floor pop beats and choreography of Elisa Harkins, to the swirling improvised transmissions of Fire Queen, to the emotive saxophone exclamations of Skin Tone, each performer harnesses the velocity of volume to investigate formulations of identity, conjure cultural and spiritual histories, and amplify the urgency of their speech and language.
In between performances, DJ Golbon Moltaji (Ottawa) will be weaving together a set of layered dance music and sound collage that explores the emotional terrain of mobility and migration.
8:30PM – Doors open
9:00:PM – Skin Tone
9:45PM – Fire Queen
11:00PM – Elisa Harkins
Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma/LA)
Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) composer and artist originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work deals with the concept of “Performing Life”, in which the performance intersects with her actual lived experience. Tackling subjects such as adoption, enrollment, and the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Harkins uses electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. She has exhibited her work at The Hammer Museum, The Broad Museum, Honor Fraser, MOCA North Miami, and the MCA Chicago. Harkins is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe.
The piece she will be performing, Wampum, is an Indigenous electronic music performance that has taken inspiration from Native American sheet music from the 1800’s and re-arranged it into dance music. Songs are sung in the Cherokee language as well as English by the Cherokee/Muscogee Creek artist Elisa Harkins.
Fire Queen (Hull, QC)
Fire Queen is bold, experimental and unapologetic. The sound created by the duo has no sonic boundaries. Every performance is different. Toying with the musical spectrum, drone to techno, post punk to down tempo. Improvising with raw emotions, drum machines, synths and the swells of FX pedals combine while creating a hybrid frenzy that has been described as cosmic club music. The group throws caution to the wind and soars to new heights with every concert leaving piles of ashes and feverish symptoms that result in body contortion.
Skin Tone (Montreal, QC)
Skin Tone is the solo performance practice of James Goddard. Skin tone incorporates story-telling, tap dancing, saxophone and electronics to explore issues around marginalization, race, and futurity. Sometimes remixing the black literary canon over ambient pulses, other times unleashing squalls of skronk. Goddard, who is based in Montréal, can also be found playing sax in a wide-range of other projects (NYON, Platitudes, etc) and is currently developing the inaugural Congress of Radical Futurism. He recently exhibited an installation at Never Apart and will be performing at this year's Suoni Per Il Popolo.
Golbon Moltaji (Ottawa, ON)
Golbon Moltaji is an Iranian born visual artist based in Ottawa, Canada. Since moving to Ottawa in 2013, she has published a series of comics for Canadian bureau of International Education and has had various group and solo exhibitions. She began DJ-ing in December 2015 and initiated Make Me Bad Mondays, a biweekly music session at UOttawa’s Café Nostalgica. Her objective for the majority of her practice is to provide non-conforming, provocative and feminine outlook on social phenomenon that often go unspoken, or are predominated by market-oriented, opaque and contradictory perspectives.