Laiwan Lori Freedman Quartet for the Year 4698 or 5760: improvisations for 4 film projectors
Opening March 31 at 5 p.m.
Performance by Lori Freedman on Saturday, April 28, 2001
Playing on the millennial year—4698 and 5760 are the Chinese and Jewish years respectively for 2000—Quartet uses 16mm film, music improvisation, live performance, sculptural installation, computer media and the Internet. It is a celebration of our improvisational musical body, spontaneous time and space, and the presence and absence of cultural histories within a critique of the limitations of machines.
Based in Vancouver, Laiwan is recognised for her interdisciplinary practice based in poetics and philosophy. Her writing has been published in a variety of magazines and journals, and there are two bilingual publications of her work: distance of distinct vision (Vancouver: Western Front, 1992) and books and collages (Montréal: articule, 1998). She teaches at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Laiwan was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, of Chinese origin. She immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia.
Conspicuously described as “a musical revolutionary” Lori Freedman is known internationally as one of Canada’s most provocative and creative performers. She travels to venues for contemporary, improvised, and electroacoustic music, and frequently works in multidisciplined forms collaborating with dance, theatre and visual artists. Her work has been recorded on twenty-four CDs, most recently Close, Barbie’s Other Shoe, Tsirkusand Indigo. Lori Freedman received the 1998 Freddie Stone Award for the “demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and jazz.”