Odyssey Artists at Corporealidades Pós-humanas, Brazil

Black Bag Media Collective, performance, virtual worlds

The Odyssey Simulators were busy this month with multiple performances from the sim streamed to the Corporealidades Pós-humanas festival in Salvador, Brazil, including new performances by Senses Places (Canada/International), Isabel Valverde (Portugal) and SaveMe Oh (Netherlands).

This is documentation from Senses Places’ interactive workshop and performance at  Corporealidades Pós-humanas. Avatars assist in demonstrating avatar-human interfaces that utilize web streams, live web cams, motion sensors, wii-motes, VR headsets and special programs designed for the project.


New Spaces

Black Bag Media Collective, experimental, news

Happy New Year!

2018 is here and BBMC are starting off with the official opening of our new studio (the corner of Bathurst and Alcina). Stay tuned here for news about our opening partay!

In the BBMC studio we are preparing for the development of a new Odyssey Space in the online world of VR Chat. During the process we will be consulting with artist and developer Godfrey Meyer and artist and theorist Jeremy Owen Turner. We’ll be announcing VR based events and studio launches throughout the year.

Here are a few shots from a recent interactive art opening in VR Chat, hosted at one of Godfrey’s builds.


Avatar Salad on Odyssey

performance, virtual worlds

The Second Front were busy on the Odyssey Simulators this week preparing a new piece for the University of Wichita’s At A Distance Exhibit, coming up next month.

Here are a few shots from “Virtual Proposition for Alison Knowles #1 – Make an Avatar Salad”, based on an Alison Knowles event score/performance called “Proposition #2 – Make A Salad”, with Liz Solo, Bibbe Hansen, Patrick Lichty and Phreek Fargis.

Second Front Video Release

film and video, machinima, technology, virtual worlds

Pokémon-A-Go-Go – by Second Front

We are happy to release the latest video from Second Front. The machinima was shot on our simulators at Odyssey and then edited at the Black Bag Media Collective studio. Congratulations to Second Front on another fine production.

About Pokémon-A-Go-Go

What happens when the Pokémon turn?

Years of torment and domination have led to an uprising. While humans have been busy playing — Pokémon have been busy training! Awake! It is a new dawn for Pokémon! Downtrodden and abused creatures of the World — UNITE!


Pikachu – Liz Solo, Purrloin – Bibbe Hansen, Mew – Patrick Lichty,  Umbreon – Yunji Kim Yohanning
With: Phreek Fargis, Yael Gilks, Zesstar Zaymed, Hybrid Fusion, Ruri Rio Mihashi and SaveMe Oh.
Special appearances by: Razzbowski and PewDiePie/Beast Master 64

Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative.

Machinima shot and edited by Liz Solo

Make Muskrat Right

film and video, news

The Black Bag Media Collective are in full support of the Land Protectors and Hunger Strikers currently engaged in a fight for the lives, land and culture. Muskrat Falls – a disastrous hydroelectic power project in Labrador, Canada – is now threatening the residents of the area with Methylmercury poising and landslides. “Everything Is Leaking” – a look at this week’s events surrounding the crisis at Muskrat Falls, by the BBMC’s Liz Solo – is an offering of support and solidarity and a tool to spread information about what is happening here right now. Please share. More to come.

Best viewed in full screen with speakers up loud.

The video was released in a exclusive Independent article that can be read here:
Muskrat Falls Resistance Inspires Powerful New Music Video

The Black Bag Media Collective support the four demands of the Land Protectors as outlined by the Make Muskrat Right campaign:

1 Fully clear the future Muskrat Falls reservoir area of wood, brush, vegetation, and topsoil before flooding to mitigate as much as possible increases in methyl mercury exposures for downstream Inuit populations, building on recommendation 4.5 of the Lower Churchill EA panel. Until full clearing is carried out, Muskrat Falls reservoir flooding must not be allowed.

2 Negotiate an Impact Management Agreement with the Nunatsiavut Government to the satisfaction of all parties before Muskrat Falls reservoir flooding and subsequent adverse downstream impacts occur, consistent with recommendation 13.9 of the Lower Churchill EA Panel.

3 Establish an independent Expert Advisory Committee of recognized experts, including from the academic community, to advise on mitigation measures and the design and audit of a rigorous, credible, and predictive monitoring program related to downstream impacts of Muskrat Falls using the best available scientific and Inuit knowledge.

4 Grant Inuit joint decision-making authority over downstream environmental monitoring and management of Muskrat Falls through the creation of an Environmental Management Board, to which the Expert Advisory Committee on monitoring would report.

for more information see: http://www.makemuskratright.ca

To keep up to date on events surrounding the Land protectors at Muskrat Falls this Facebook Page is very useful

The Independent on Facebook

For some background on this situation please see our slice-up: Danny Williams Speaking on Muskrat Falls:

Pokemon A-Go-Go

performance, virtual worlds

lizpatSecond Front have been busy this month on Odyssey preparing for an upcoming world premiere performance of Pokemon A-Go-Go.

What happens when the Pokemon revolt? Come to the performance and find out! Stay tuned here for details of dates and times.

About the Artists

Second Front is the pioneering performance art group in based in online avatar-based VR worlds. Founded in 2006, Second Front includes Doug Jarvis (Victoria), Patrick Lichty (Chicago), Liz Solo (St. Johns), Bibbe Hansen (New York), Yael Gilks (London) and Scott Kildall (San Francisco). Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative. They have already performed extensively, including in Vancouver, Chicago, New York, and been featured in publications including SLate, Eikon, Realtime Arts (Australia), The Avastar (published by Axel-Springer, Germany) and most recently in Exibart (Italy).


Call for Installations for Craft World

call, virtual worlds

Call for Installations and Performances

odylogofinalOur online collective at the Odyssey Simulators has opened a new sim in Craft World and we are looking for installations to present in the Fall of 2016 and throughout 2017. These installations will run for four month periods at Odyssey on Craft.

We are seeking work related to themes involving The Future, Dystopian Visions of Society, Cyberpunk Culture, Surveillance Culture, Steampunk Culture and/or Transhumanism. We are offering 10,000 prims (negotiable) on a quarter sim space at Odyssey on Craft. Projects containing a performance element are welcomed.

Proposals can be sent to odysseyartssl@yahoo.ca with CRAFT INSTALLATION as the subject heading. Proposals can be simple and need only include an artists biography or CV and a brief description of the installation you would like to create. Feel free to include any other information such as special technical requirements or relevant links.

DEADLINE: September 01, 2016

For instructions on finding Odyssey on Craft World or any other inquiries please contact us at: odysseyartssl@yahoo.ca


Something Old, Something New

film and video, music

The BBMC release two videos to the Internet today – The first is a documentary from our archives – Circa 2003, St. John’s, featuring the very first Rock School for Girls. Created by Liz Solo (Pickguard) Rhiannon Thoma and Cherie Pyne Rock School for Girls is an open access skills sharing initiative for women and girl who play or want to play rock music. The release of this video is part of the BBMC Archiving Project, stay tuned to this site for more releases from the vault.

Also today we released (with Roles 4 Women) the very first episode of TrixXxie’s new comedy web series, starring Tallulah Fucque, Marilyn Monroe Take-Out and Scarlet O’Whora with special guest appearances. Co-produced by Roles 4 Women and The BBMC and premiered at this year’s TrixXxieFest.

“the machine” Premieres!

experimental, film and video, machinima, virtual worlds

fromTheMachinephotoJustinHallAfter a lengthy wait “the machine” – a film shot and edited at the Black Bag Media Collective studio in St. John’s – premiered last week at the 2nd annual TrixXxieFest. There was a lovely crowd in attendance including many members of the cast and crew. The film opened this year’s TrixXxieFest and was followed by a reception. Before the film is made available online it will enjoy a little trip around the world via the film festival circuit – stay tuned to theblackbags.com for news of upcoming screenings.

Set in a dystopian future St. John’s “the machine” is a ‘cyberpunk fairytale’  starring Melanie Caines and Liz Solo. “the machine” mixes up HD animation with machinima – shot on our group of online grids known as The Odyssey Simulators.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Photo on the left and at the very bottom by Justin Hall. Photos from the screening by Rick Tizzard.

machinestillclownalley5Melanie Caines as The Clown.

TrixXxieFest 2016!

experimental, film and video, installation, machinima, music, performance

TrixxXFest10poster1webTrixXxiefest is Coming!! The Black Bag Media Collective are proud to co-produce this event every year with Roles 4 Women – this year happening June 24 and 25 at the Cox and Palmer Second Space at the LSPU Hall.

See the full schedule here: TrixXxieFest Schedule

TrixXxieFest is a pop-up Festival featuring short films, videos and performances to inspire, challenge and amuse you – powerful voices from around the world and here at home.

TrixXxieFest is a semi-annual traveling Festival created in 2014 by the punk rock band TrixXxie. TrixXxieFest highlights alternative voices by presenting thought-provoking media and performance work from around the world and here at home. This year’s festival is happening from Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th, 2016 at The Cox and Palmer Second Space at the LSPU Hall in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland. The weekend will be a jam-packed two days of live performances, installations, screenings, parties and a punk rock show.

This year’s event features an International program of film and video shorts highlighting experimental video, filmmaking, animation, and short documentary. Each evening will open with short monologue performances by some of Newfoundland’s most gifted storytellers – Wendi Smallwood, Ruth Lawrence, Monica Walsh, Jenny Naish and Liz Solo will present short pieces of original theatre. The performances will be followed by a screening of short films and animations from all over the world including pieces by local filmmakers Cara Lee Coleman and Corrine Coleman, Jenn Brown, Jacqueline Hynes, Taylor Stocks, Rock School for Girls, TrixXxie, Caroline Nochasak, Heather Angnatok, Jason Dicker, Jennifer Semigak, Joshua Jararuse, Matmatil Angnatok, Maxwell Saksagiak, Troy Maher, Nancy Nochasak, and Sarah Semigak Lidd.

Our International program of short films and videos includes award winning shorts and world premieres from Heather Freeman (USA), Sepideh Atashin (Iran), Lisa MacLean (Canada), Marina Bruno (USA), Guadalupe Yepes (Argentina), Abbie Birtles (Scotland), Yokiko Nishino (Japan), Zahra Jafari (Iran), Ana Santos (Portugal), Jeanette Buck (USA), Janina Putker (Germany), Sahra Hassan (Ireland), Jasia Kaulbach (England), Lida Sadeghi (Iran), Sonia Gerbeaud and Mathias Panafieu (France), Larissa Corriveau (Canada), Maria Manasterny (Germany), Arijana Lekić-Fridrih (Croatia), Jelena Zlatkovic Velickovic (Serbia), Sarah Ouazzani (France), Shira Moolten (USA), Francesca Silveri (England), Selma Nayebi (Iran), Snejana Herbst (Ireland), SaveMe Oh (The Netherlands).

TrixXxieFest is co-presented by TrixXxie, Roles 4 Women and The Black Bag Media Collective. Very special thanks to our sponsors Pi Gourmet Eatery and Charlottestreet.

Stay tuned here and to www.roles4women.com for details, schedules and updates.