This week I caught up with a Brazilian drumming troupe practicing in the park for their summer season. They call themselves MaracaTall. This is a play on the word maractu, a type of drumming, song and performance genre popular in Brazil. The twist on this Toronto troupe is that they perform on stilts. Their next gig is in Toronto at Harbourfront Centre near the Redpath stage 1:30pm on Canada Day Tuesday July 1 2014.
Listen here for my conversation with several members of the troupe:
Or Download HotFRM 221 (60Mb 31m:37s)
Here are some links to find out more:
http://www.maracatall.com/ – more pictures here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJseNr10_ck- practice preview video
From her website we read that:
Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds an MFA degree from York University, Toronto, Canada. Her work incorporates photography, video, electronics and digital processes…Gelis’ work addresses the use of image relation to topics of displacement, landscape, and politics. One of the prevalent concerns in her work is to unveil the relationship between landscape, history, people, geopolitics and the diverse techniques for achieving subjugation of bodies and population… As an educator/facilitator in video and photography she has led workshops with youth in disadvantaged communities in Canada, Colombia, and Panama. Her work has been shown internationally in several venues and galleries in Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Argentina and the United States. She has developed curatorial projects, video screenings, and programs for festivals in Latin America and Canada.
On August 15, this summer, Alexandra unveiled her installation called Raspao/Snow Cones. This installation in her own words is
…a moving sound sculpture vehicle that makes Snow Cones to sell them. It is also equipped with electronic components that capture, reproduce, mix and record sounds and video in real time. Customers and bystanders create sound compositions by mixing sounds in real time from the surrounding environment and the sound made by the internal components of the cart. The Snow Cone vehicle is a food cart, a hybrid vehicle, a mixture of a Raspao cart used in Colombia to sell snow cones and the food carts that Portuguese and Greek Canadians use for selling roasted nuts and other sweet goods in Toronto. Snow Cones is also a sound piece that aims to open a space for social interaction, a place of meeting and conversation.
Of her relationship with the experience of snow cone machines she writes:
When it was very hot in Cartagena, Colombia, as a child I will buy an ice cone and I will eat it lying down on the beautiful decorated and cold tile floor in my house. The installation is a product of a private performance in the back of my house in Toronto, dealing with childhood memories. I paint on the snow using fuchsia ink (reminiscences of Ice Cone or “Raspaos”) tiles with arabesques as in the floor in my house in Cartagena. At the end I laid down naked on the snow trying to recuperate these impossible memories. Hot – Cold, Fuchsia – Childhood – Moments.
In my third episode of four shows featuring artists at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, 2012 join me now during the opening of this installation and interview with the artist:
or Download HotFRM 210 (45mb 24m11s)
Equipment used: Apex 415 for intro. Zoom H2 and Roland – CS-10EM – Binaural Microphones/Earphones for soundscape and interview.
You can find the links to Alexandra Gelis’ sites @
Join me for lunch with Michelle and Jeff during Podcamp Boston. They talk about why they love Burning Man so much. By the time you hear this, they may be on their way in their Airstream to enjoy this August desert festival.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWGx0PhDGlU – Crude Awakening at Burning Man
Big Rig Jig, a sculpture conceived and designed by Mike Ross, is built from two repurposed 18-wheeler tanker trucks.
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The Bruegel-Bosch Bus by Kim Adams (Art Gallery of Hamilton)
“That is the power of art – the salvation of one’s soul.” – Mayumi
One night after work, Special K and Ninja brave rush hour to drive to Hamilton, Ontario to see the new exhibits at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. They are not disappointed by the kimono of the famous Geisha Ichimaru, nor the contemporary art of Japan, the Bruegel-Bosch Bus, and the Monotheatrum.
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