1. Bill Shannon Wearable Video Mask


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    It's the smaller wearable iteration of a series of video installation works I have been developing alongside my performance practice over the course of the past few years that references the rendering approach of Cubists figurative painters while using multi-angle video captures of the body, video projectors and holo-screens and custom fabricated “sculptural” steel rigging as media. It is my attempt to reshape and reimagine the body from multiple perspectives simultaneously both prerecorded and in real-time in 3 dimensions. Though I am known internationally as a dancer and skater on crutches, it is my work as an interdisciplinary artist, as a maker with a very hands on approach, that I have been pursuing ways to stage and perform video that are engaging and dynamic. Projection Mapping, or staged things, where you have an outside projector putting content over a live performance is the standard practice of the day. Live performances may trigger video or interact with video but rarely is the performer also the source of the actual video projections. So my strategy, and my purpose with the mask specifically was; How can I make the dancing and performance art the actual source of the projections and take what was a medium scale sculptural video installation series ( “Fragmentation Series” ) and make it micro mobile and compelling. Content and form are both equally important to me and with the video mask creation funding from CreatXFest came the context of an Art&Tech Conference. So, when I make work I am always making it in terms of the context it will be shown. So if I'm creating for an Art&Tech fest where there are all of these innovators, and startups are going on about how technology, and specifically their technology will be or should be the future then my conceptualizations of the content of the work is how I respond generally to the notion of “Tech” as it relates to our lived existence. Ultimately, I came up with an approach for this face that I wanted to do that was this constantly changing status of my face because of Facebook and all of social media out there really, where you are kind of presenting this digital face of yourself, it's only parts of yourself that you are actually showing, because it's impossible to show your whole self through electronic media, so it's this metaphor for the face we put in front of our face. So a lot of the world actually only knows us through this second face, this digital face, the face in front of our face that we create, so we are constantly placing a video face in front of our real face. And so the face video mask is a metaphor for that digital face that we share with the world. And we are constantly changing that face’s status. We are shifting the face and sort of going through these different phases. So when I finally realized that there was no way to live map performed content onto the face while also keeping the mask mobile self contained and lightweight, that that's when we went to pre-recorded content of me changing my status across the spectrum form amazed to loving to hating etc etc. So the content that was pre-recorded for the mask was this video footage of me performing for video a constantly changing status. And so that's what the piece was really about, this commentary for the face that was in front of the face, that was that status, so that's where the content was coming from.

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    • RJD2 - Work It Out


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      2008 Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors Award -MTV Woodie Award nomination 2007 -Pitchfork Medias top 50 video's of the year 2007 -Swerve emerging director award 2008 NOTES OF INTEREST: 1.It features Bill Shannon, a performer with a rare hip disability who relies on crutches to not only dance but to walk. 2.We shot 12.5 takes 3.As impressive it is to see Bill dance in one shot. It is equally impressive that RJ appears as three different characters that he changes in and out of in that one take. Look for him as the flannel shirt guy, the street sweeper and the skateboarder. 4.The orange jump suit RJ wears was "borrowed" from De La Soul.

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      • Otherly Abled Bodies in Performance


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        Nov 14, 2013 Bill Shannon in conversation with Lezlie Frye Jérôme Bel and Theater HORA "Disabled Theater" http://newyorklivearts.org/event/disabled_theater About Come Early: Oftentimes taking the shape of a moderated conversation, Come Early is your opportunity to engage with some of the leading thinkers, scholars, and artists working in the performance arena today. For the 2013-14 season, Live Arts has curated a series of talks that will enliven your viewing experience of the work showcased on the main stage. All Come Early events take place in the New York Live Arts Lobby from 6:30PM - 7:00PM on the opening night of a performance. These free events are open to the public and feature free tea and coffee from our neighborhood partner Café Grumpy.

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        • Bill Shannon


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          Campaign commercial for Bill Shannon

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            • 9 Nodes — Brandin Steffensen


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              Created by Brandin Steffensen Performed by Brandin Steffensen and Bill Shannon at Wellfleet Skate Park for Fleet Moves Dance Festival http://fleetmoves.org http://fleetmoves.tumblr.com

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              • NYC Dance Parade 2012


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                Featuring 2012 NYC Dance Parade Grand Marshal, Bill Shannon Goto www.crutchdoc.com to learn more about Bill Shannon. Song: "The Era When We Sang" by Blue Sky Black Death (Buy their beautiful album "Late Night Cinema"!) Dance Parade Video Featuring Bill Shannon www.whatiswhat.com Executive Producer Dawn Paap Produced by Sachi Cunningham Directed by Chandler Evans Edited by Chandler Evans Camera by Jeremy Elkin Additional camera by Jeremy Nadel, Chandler Evans, Kou So NYC Dance Parade is now accepting applications for next year's parade. For more info goto: www.DanceParade.org

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                • CRUTCH 1min


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                  Please visit www.crutchdoc.com for more info.

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                  • BENCH


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                    With this work I translate my vision of the urban landscape through audio and video, to share with audiences worldwide. This work, BENCH takes my history of translation to the next logical step, pushing the envelope of what I believe is possible within this skateboard based direction of my interdisciplinary arts practice. Above all BENCH is about place. It could be Paris, Tokyo, Brussels or any major urban center worldwide but in this case it is New York City. The goal of Bench was to create a compelling layered experience of the textures, sounds and pace of the urban landscape and the implications of my role within it as a concepteur, visual artist, performance artist, street-dance choreographer, skateboarder and international disability icon. To bring a true representation of my streets required a solo journey into the chance encounters that define the hybrid form. To capture the journey l sat on top of a beat-up hard-shell suitcase full of cheap mics and cameras that were pointed outward in 360 degrees. While seated I used my arms to push with the rockerbottom crutches and propel the skateboard upon which the suitcase sat. The rig of the cameras in a suitcase used by me as a chair on skateboard I considered my brush. I painted the city in broad strokes and at times in fine human intimate details. I navigated its textures and sounds, its traffic, parks, sidewalks and spaces. The camera rig as my brush captured the city where I directed it and how I direct it. This method of capture was central to communicating the dynamic and ever changing possibilities inherent in the form of dance and movement I have invented and that lives on top of a rolling board. I stopped at a traffic island and dismounted the rig to perform with the street of the city to the cameras’ eye orbiting the circumference of the rig gliding. This private journey between myself and the rig performed in public was dependent on the rig appearing as a dirty old suitcase on a dirty beatup board. Nothing to react to, be self conscious around. Just another strange urban juxtaposition. The financially accessible nature of the rig and the socially low profile of the cameras stayed true to my street roots of no fancy bull, just what was needed, nothing more, nothing less. ----- technical notes--- This video could easily be bumped up to HD which will happen in the next few weeks. Check my other posting of an HD version of this called 360 Surround... it also has production pictures of the rig and more of a technical description than a creative one.

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                      reuse recycle repurpose.. the tetrapak is a material of a thousand and one faces

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