Vanessa Renwick and Daniel Menche: The Possibility of Nature, Hope in Pure Sound, and Faith in Magnetism

Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 8:30 pm

Programmed by Amy Kazymerchyk and Gabriel Saloman

Following the screening of Hope and Prey, their 3 channel video projection and live sound performance project at VIVO Media Arts Centre and the Signal + Noise Festival, Portland artists Vanessa Renwick and Daniel Menche present an intimate artist talk and screening of works that contextualize their collaboration. Vanessa’s interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders collides with Daniel’s dedication to music that expresses the undisciplined purity of emotion that strives for one goal: vehement beauty.

Vanessa Renwick, Food is a Weapon. 1998, 4:00mins, Super8/DV, USA.
Vanessa Renwick, Olympia. 1984/1998,  11:00mins, Super8/DV, USA.
Vanessa Renwick, 9 is a Secret. 2002, 6:00mins, film/video, USA.
Vanessa Renwick, Portrait #1: Cascadia Terminal. 2005, 6:00mins, 16mm, USA.
Vanessa Renwick, Portrait#2: Trojan. 2006, 5:00mins, 35mm/DV, USA.
Vanessa Renwick, Portrait #3: House of Sound. 2008,  9:00mins,| 35mm/DV, USA.                                                                                  
Vanessa Renwick and Daniel Menche, Heavy Weight Boxing Championship of the Year 1940. 2003, Nitrate 35mm/DV with live sound performance, USA. 
Vanessa Renwick and Daniel Menche, Rub a Dub Dub. 2004, 16mm, 8:00mins, dual DV and live sound performance (documentation), USA.         
Daniel Menche, Fulmination. 2008, 20:00mins, Digital Images and Live Sound Performance, USA.


Thursday April 23 | 6:30-8:00pm | VIVO Media Arts Centre
Animal Mirror
Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines #5. 2005, 6:32mins, DV, USA.        
Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines #4. 2007, 10:53mins, DV, USA.
Shana Moulton, Feeling Free with 3D Magic. 2004, 8:13mins, DV, USA.
Fastwurms, Telepathicats. 2003, 3:30mins, DV, Canada.
Takeshi Murata, Monster Movie. 2005, 3:55mins, BetaSP, USA.
Geoffrey Pugen, Utopics. 2008, 24:33mins, BetaSP, Canada.
Vanessa Renwick and Daniel Menche, Hope and Prey. 2006, 23:00mins, 3 channel video projection and live sound performance, USA.


Vanessa Renwick (born 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass. She is a film / video / installation artist and lives in Portland, Oregon. A filmmaker by nature, not by stress of research. She puts scholars to rout by solving through Nature's teaching problems that have fretted their trained minds. Her iconoclastic work reflects an interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders. Working in experimental and poetic documentary forms, she produces films, videos and installations that explore the possibility of hope in contemporary society. She is a naturalist, born, not made: a true barefoot, cinematic rabblerouser, of grand physique, calm pulse and a magnetism that demands the most profound attention.

Daniel Menche (born 1969) is a proud native Oregonian. Since the late 80s he has established himself as a musician with a sense of focus and determination uncharacteristic in a genre known for its randomness and chaotic structure. Rather than creating "noise," he strives for order and cohesiveness. His presentation of sonic structures is similar to the way a writer depicts a story, an allegory seems to arise, which uses confusion as a symbol for the imaginative process of total sound purity; aural intensity is not a representation of confusion or the chaotic, but a concerted effort to provoke and stimulate the listeners imagination by generating intensely powerful sounds and music. 

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