Prepare to be moved on Saturday March 2, 2019 when Art$Pay presents Waterloo Moves. This is the organization's second performance based photography event. In partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the theme revolves around the City of Waterloo, and has to do with motion and movement. The first event, Distillation - The Essence of Waterloo was held in May 2018 and one audience member called it "Possibly one of the best and most powerful events I have been to in years ..." Art$Pay is a regional non-profit, artist run organization with a mission to connect visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocate for fair pay.
This special presentation features Art$Pay photographers Laura Cook, Deb Cripps, Elizabeth Dietrich, Brian Douglas, Raegan Little, Stephen Orlando, Conan Stark, and Jane van Pelt who will be paired with their chosen ‘sound’ artist who will be asked to use their own medium to ‘react’ to that body of photographic artwork. The two artists meet for the first time during the March 2nd performance event where their work will culminate in a joint public ‘performance’ involving the projected images while the accompanist performs on stage. After each performance, the photographer will join their sound artist partner on the stage to deliver artist statements to the audience.
Local students were invited to submit photographs on the theme for jurying into a student compilation. Students from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute are participants in this segment. Cameron Heights Collegiate teacher and department head Conan Stark is one of the featured photographers. The Waterloo Public Library is also participating with a selection of historical photos from their archives and are hoping to source old band concert programs to come up with titles of period songs for their DJ accompanist. This one day only family friendly show will have something for everyone to enjoy and children 12 and under and free.
Brian Douglas was a participant in Distillation - The Essence of Waterloo. When asked about his thoughts on that event and what he was most looking forward to for Waterloo Moves he said "My thoughts on the first event, Distillation is that it was an incredibly unique experience having my photography interpreted and sound tracked by the very talented Matt Borland. It brought a new feel to my 5 a.m. project. For the upcoming show I am looking forward to not only seeing everyone's work but again, how the musicians will interpret the work. And for me personally, I am showing a very different body of work so I am curious to see how people will respond to it." You can see Brian and Matt's Distillation performance here.
Laura Cook expressed her excitement about being one of the featured photographers. "I’m thrilled to be a part of this unique event! I will be sharing works from my ‘Oh Mother’ series, which is an abstract depiction of the many facets of life in Waterloo. It is with great delight that I await the musician’s interpretation of my work through their composition. I am looking forward to this eclectic event!”
The performances are followed by a reception. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments with the photographers, talk about their work and take a part of the experience home with them by ordering or purchasing prints.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit Art$Pay on Facebook and Instagram to find out how you could win a pair of tickets.
Saturday March 2, 2019 - one day only! Performances at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Doors open at 1:00 pm
Performance 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Reception until 4:30 pm
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Doors open 6:30 pm
Evening Performance 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Reception until 10:30 pm
CIGI Auditorium and Lobby, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON
General Admission $15, Supporting Members $12, Children 12 and Under Free
Cash and Eventbrite Ticket purchase only at the door
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Story by Glodeane Brown