Avatar Salad on Odyssey

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.

Pokemon A-Go-Go

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).


TrixXxieFest 2016!

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.

BBMC at Hi-Dance with Odyssey and Senses Places

sensesplacespicfrom The Odyssey Simulator

Odyssey and the BBMC had the pleasure of hosting another event with Senses Places – Isabel Valverde and Senses Places at Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology, Rome, Italy. Isabel performed live on stage with Odyssey artists/avatars. Avatars performed via large scale projections. Liz Solo and Mike Kean of The Black Bag Media Collective also participated via live web stream and webcam motion capture interface – Liz and Mike improvised with the collective and Mike premiered “Blued Mood”, a solo piece for bassist and avatars.

Here is some documentation of the event from the BBMC Studio perspective with live streamed footage of part of the performance by Francesca Fini.

Isabel Valverde and Senses Places – Mixed Reality Performance and Participatory Environment
Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology – Rome, Italy, February 17, 2015
also at The Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St John’s Newfoundland
and The Odyssey Simulator
with Isabel Valverde, SaveMe Oh, Liz Solo, Francesca Fini, Mike Kean
Rita Paz/Zapa7ir, Isa Seppi/Janjii Rugani, Kikas Babenco, Todd Cochrane and others



Red Dog for Freddie Herko

The following video is from a 50th anniversary performance of Al Hansen‘s “Red Dog for Freddie Herko”, performed by the Second Front on the Odyssey Simulator on October 25, 2014.

The original performance was created for dancer Fred Herko by the American artist Al Hansen (father of artist, Second Front member and BBMC alumni Bibbe Hansen). This  video, a re-iteration of All Hansen’s original, was released on the fiftieth anniversary of Fred Herko’s death.

Here is a link to an article about Fred Herko, published this month in the Guardian: The life and dramatic death of an avant-garde hero


The BBMC is stoked to be co-presenting the first annual TRIXXXIEFEST WEEKEND with Roles 4 Women Theatre Company and the band/performance group Trixxxie. Trixxxie have been working in the BBMC Studio all winter long and this event features their debut appearance. As you can see by the following amazing lineup TRIXXXIEFEST puts women’s voices front and centre in what is sure to be a super good time. Here’s a few details, stay tuned for announcements.

The First Annual
JUNE 12 – 15, 2014

Stand up Comedy/Music Night – Cocktail Hour – 9 PM
Featuring the comedy stylings of: Colleen Power, Liz Solo, Amanda Batten, Sweater Kittens
With Musical Guests: Sam Burke, Danielle Trouble, Erin Simms, Jenny Naish

Rock Show at Distortion – 10:30 PM

The Sauce
The River
Category VI

Rock Show at The Ship – 10:30 PM

DT & The Dinosaurs
Allie Duff & The Happy Campers

Pop-Up Event – Supper and Screening – 8 PM

hosted by Trixxxie
Stay tuned for announcement

All bar shows are $10 at the door

The Sauce

The BBMC have been sponsoring a number of artists over the winter by providing studio space and gear for budding art projects. First out of the gate for spring is The Sauce – a new musical project from Colleen Power, April Crocker and BBMC members Mike Kean and Liz Solo.

The band will be playing tonight at the Ship in St. John’s with special guests Sam Burke and Sean Panting. The poster and press release are below. Recordings and video releases to follow soon.

Stay tuned for news from the Sauce as well as other project premieres (including a sweet new mini-festival!) coming up in the next two months.

the-sauce-friTHE SAUCE!!
with very special guests SEAN PANTING and SAM BURKE
LIVE at the SHIP
FRIDAY APRIL 11th at 11 PM.
$10 at the door. ID’s required.

Formed in the depths of a cruel St. John’s Winter The SAUCE are Colleen Power (Vocals/Guitars), Liz Solo (Vocals/Drums), April Crocker (Bass/Vocals) and Mike Kean (Guitars). Former band-mates from many projects over many years (Live Girlz, Lizband, Black Bags, Colleen Power Band, Alien Rejects) they have reunited with a new sound and a set of songs sure to get you all riled up.

The set will include Sauce favorites: ‘Ex-Mother-In-Law’, ‘The Abduction of Great Big Sea and Shannygannock’ as well as the world premiere of ‘Clone Your Bottom Half’ and many more.

The Sauce are joined by super saucy guests Sean Panting and Sam Burke.

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