Arts Days in Lethbridge

Latifa installing the sound component

We showed our house at Blueprint Records as part of Lethbridge’s Art Days.  Here is Latifa installing the sound component of the work.

It was great to see all that was going on in the community for the Art’s Days weekend.  I particularly enjoyed our visit to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

Latifa’s Last Post

Well, I’m back at home. What an experience the Gushul has been. I am so thankful to TrapDoor for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you Mike as well for everything you’ve done. I feel a lot more confident about myself both as an artist and as a person. I have met a great friend (Jen). I have learned so much.
In Lethbridge I really enjoyed the SAAG (Southern Alberta Art Gallery). I would recommend looking at the video work of Amie Siegel. I really feel she is dealing with relevant contemporary issues.
At the moment many new opportunities are opening up for me as I enter the work force and concentrate on different aspects of my life.
On the art end, I am starting a new project using interviews I have collected and will continue to collect. I have a number of ideas for exciting new projects (top secret for the moment).

To conclude the blog on my end, I will let the following videos and photos speak for me :

My sister and I on top of the Livingston Range.

Detail 2

Jen when climbing Wedge Mountain

Me on the TOP!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING EVERYONE!

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
XXXXXX

Finally Home!

So we’re home now.  Alberta Arts Days in Lethbridge was fun!  Mike was great for letting us stay with him for the night.

I will post more when I can find my camera in all the chaos of coming home.

Wedge Mountain

Crowsnest Mountain…. not the mountain we climbed.

Today, we climbed a mountain.  A volcano, actually.  It was humungous, and slippery, slippery, slippery!  We survived and didn’t get eaten by bears.

We were looking for geodes, because the hiker’s guide said they can be found there.  We didn’t find any, though.

View

View

A bit of a cooler day today, but I liked it, climbing a mountain and all.  My calves are going to hurt tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, tomorrow’s our final open house, our Unveiling, 7:30-10!  If you’re in the neighbourhood, we’d love to see you!  (Then it’s off to Lethbridge!)

Title Time

So I guess I was one of the people who hated the Tree of Life. I really didn’t like that movie.
But we had pie in pincher creek.

Now we are trying to think of title. I have randomly generated this titles via a title generator mad lib style. Jen thinks we should have vote.
What would you vote for?

Title One: mesmerizing Sounds In white rocks
Title Two: The white image
Title Three: The light In mesmerizing Sounds
Title Four: mesmerizing image
Title Five: The rotating light
Title Six: changing rocks
Title Seven: rotating Sounds
Title Eight: white changing
Title Nine: changing for rocks
Title Ten: rotating and changing

CREEPY update!

ok, so I was going through my photos . . .
Well yesterday in the place of no return, my camera stopped taking pictures, it said the memory card was full. Which has never happened to me before. Luckily Jen had a spare and I continued to take pictures.
Today I realized that the memory card was only half full! And it’s not a formatting thing, I tried to take pictures again and it totally works!
Creepy or not?

I am beginning to wonder how much of our feeling creepy around there was related to the intense energy in the place. What kind of slumbering spirits were awakened by the deep mining?  questions to perhaps be answered in our creative output. . .

You Can’t Get Away That Easily!

Just to make things a little more well rounded I am going to include some of the exciting photos of Jen during our adventures.

Ok, this isn't Jen. But it's the top of star falls which Jen didn't get a chance to see because the dogs can't climb vertical rocks with a rope.

Jen in the creepy abandoned place that made me feel light-headed

I like this one

I personally think this was the shower room, as there was a shower head, a drain in the floor and a stall that looked like it had had a toilet.

Is she or is she not photo-happy? :)

I am learning Logic 9 for the sound component of our work, which is a but frustrating, but I think it is turning out ok. There are lot of cool things. If any of our readers knows if it is possible to apply effects to individual samples and not just the channel strip, let me know.

xxx

An Interesting Outing….

Today Latifa and I went for a bit of an adventure.  We decided to check out some old buildings we saw just off the highway here in Blairmore.

We probably shouldn’t have been there, but we were really careful and didn’t do any damage.

There was lots of mysterious old machinery and this oven.

Broken windows let in fresh air in the dark rooms.

 

As you can see here, the door is half gone.

Such strange spaces… I have no idea what anything would have been used for.

And this warehouse full of what looks like ground samples…

…. Labeled and stacked in boxes.

And the other buildings were just as mysterious.

After a while, we had to leave because we both felt queasy… possibly a combination of the creepiness of the place, and the smells…. definitely an interesting outing, though. Adds to the spookiness of the Pass… Latifa thinks her house is haunted, and has been a little skittish since we’ve been here.  And having dreams of Charlie, the horse who lived in the coal mine for 30 days. Poor girl.

An Interesting Outing….

Today Latifa and I went for a bit of an adventure.  We decided to check out some old buildings we saw just off the highway here in Blairmore.

We probably shouldn’t have been there, but we were really careful and didn’t do any damage.

There was lots of mysterious old machinery and this oven.

Broken windows let in fresh air in the dark rooms.

 

As you can see here, the door is half gone.

Such strange spaces… I have no idea what anything would have been used for.

And this warehouse full of what looks like ground samples…

…. Labeled and stacked in boxes.

And the other buildings were just as mysterious.

After a while, we had to leave because we both felt queasy… possibly a combination of the creepiness of the place, and the smells…. definitely an interesting outing, though. Adds to the spookiness of the Pass… Latifa thinks her house is haunted, and has been a little skittish since we’ve been here.  And having dreams of Charlie, the horse who lived in the coal mine for 30 days. Poor girl.

The Cos/ SIRDs

This is an SIRD image we generated online. Unfortunately, the end of the word is cut off.

Last night, we went for an adventure and went out in Blairmore.  We went to The Cos (The Cosmopolitan) in downtown Blairmore.  The girls (Latifa and her sister, who is currently visiting) had never really been to a small town bar, and I think it was an interesting experience for them.  For me, it was a bit of a trip down Nostalgia Lane.  I gre up in a little town, and while the bar was not the same bar, it definitely had the same vibes and patterns, and felt like home.  Lol.  I was thinking a lot about my high school friends, and that point in my life.

Anyway, I must admit that I haven’t been feeling too motivated lately.  While we have been playing with a few things, I’ve been feeling a little stuck.  I’ve been playing with a little of the video I’ve been collecting, and, honestly, avoiding the 3d.  But I have been doing a bit of research, and I think maybe today I’ll play with an open source program I got, Blender (which is a “3D content creation suite”), which hopefully I can use to see if I can use it to develop a couple of SIRDs, (Single Image Random Dot Stereograms) we’ve been wanting to create (like a Magic Eye).

And here’s a link to a moving SIRD! Exciting!

The Cos/ SIRDs

This is an SIRD image we generated online. Unfortunately, the end of the word is cut off.

Last night, we went for an adventure and went out in Blairmore.  We went to The Cos (The Cosmopolitan) in downtown Blairmore.  The girls (Latifa and her sister, who is currently visiting) had never really been to a small town bar, and I think it was an interesting experience for them.  For me, it was a bit of a trip down Nostalgia Lane.  I gre up in a little town, and while the bar was not the same bar, it definitely had the same vibes and patterns, and felt like home.  Lol.  I was thinking a lot about my high school friends, and that point in my life.

Anyway, I must admit that I haven’t been feeling too motivated lately.  While we have been playing with a few things, I’ve been feeling a little stuck.  I’ve been playing with a little of the video I’ve been collecting, and, honestly, avoiding the 3d.  But I have been doing a bit of research, and I think maybe today I’ll play with an open source program I got, Blender (which is a “3D content creation suite”), which hopefully I can use to see if I can use it to develop a couple of SIRDs, (Single Image Random Dot Stereograms) we’ve been wanting to create (like a Magic Eye).

And here’s a link to a moving SIRD! Exciting!

Visitors/ Lundbreck Falls/ Working in the Studio

So yesterday my mother stopped by as she was going through town, and took us out for lunch.  Today, Latifa’s family came to visit.  We went for lunch with them, and then went to Lundbreck Falls.  I enjoyed meeting her family and the afternoon we spent with them.

Latifa and her father cooling their feet in the river

Lundbreck Falls is a beautiful place.  I have spent quite a bit of time there, with my family as a child and even as recently as a couple of years ago.  The Crowsnest is a great place to fish, and so my father and I have come here to fish a few times.  The falls are much busier than I remember ever having seen them though, but that might be because it’s the last long weekend of the summer.

Latifa drawing…

As for working, we’ve been working on a lot of things, all revolving around the idea of “Perception.”  Right now, it’s mostly just playing around with a lot of things…. Latifa has been working on a humongous drawing and making noises to use for a sound installation.  I’ve been playing around with some photos and some video stuff I’ve been taking with my camera.  I’ve also been doing quite a bit of research on stereoscopic and anaglyphic 3D images and so we’ve been doing a lot of looking at things through pieces of colored acetate.  That is what I should have up here for images… maybe I’ll get Latifa to pose later.  Anyway, here’s a short video of Latifa collecting sound.

We are having a good adventure, but honestly, life seems just as busy as it is at home.